WASHINGTON, D.C. (KELO-AM) Rep. Noem joined Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle today to help move forward the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 935), of which she is a co-sponsor. The legislation, which received approval from the House Agriculture Committee this morning, helps protect more than 350,000 pesticide users nationwide – including cities, mosquito control districts, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, and every day citizens – who are currently subject to duplicative regulations.
“Federal agencies and frivolous lawsuits continue to force redundant regulatory burdens on farmers, ranchers, cities, and every day citizens,” said Rep. Noem. “This bill is a step toward streamlining the regulatory process and making it easier to navigate so our communities can go to work protecting our food supply and forests, managing disease-carrying pests in our communities and keeping mosquitos down in cities and towns across the country.”
“Regulations have already forced many in South Dakota to curtail spraying for mosquitoes because of the possible exposure to liability issues,” said Perry Hofer with Doland Aerial Spraying in Doland, SD, and a representative of the National Agriculture Aviation Association. “Duplicative regulations don’t make anyone safer. They just make life a little harder for those of us who are trying to keep weeds and pests away from our families and food supply. I am thankful to Rep. Noem and the Members of the Agriculture Committee for working to streamline regulations so it’s easier to do business here in South Dakota.”
H.R. 935 addresses a flawed 2009 Circuit Court decision that required pesticide users to obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act or pay a costly fine. Pesticides have long been regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The 2009 decision, however, made users subject to duplicative regulations and permitting under the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) as well. The EPA has indicated that the NPDES extension would provide negligible environmental benefits.
H.R. 935 would clarify congressional intent and eliminate duplicative regulations, so pesticide users would no longer be regulated through the NPDES and instead be held accountable through FIFRA alone.
Rep. Noem has long fought against onerous federal regulations:
- Rep. Noem challenged OSHA when they tried to regulate small family farms. OSHA reversed course. (Click for more information)
- Rep. Noem introduced legislation that passed in the House to prevent the EPA from further regulating dust in a way that could have prevented farmers from working if it was a windy day. The EPA decided not to pursue further regulations. (Click for more information)
- Rep. Noem fought the Department of Labor when they wanted to change child labor rules that could have banned kids from farm chores in many cases. The Department of Labor rescinded the rule. (Click for more information)