For Immediate Release March 4, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) praised Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs for efforts to reduce regulatory burdens that will harm Ohio farmers and other businesses and create needless expense for Ohio taxpayers.
Schmidt and Gibbs are sponsors of H.R. 872, which protects pesticide applicators, their customers and state and local government from costs associated with duplicating already existing federal pesticide regulations.
Pesticides applications are effectively regulated under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act, which requires label restrictions governed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). H.R. 872 would stop a recent court ruling that would add duplicative EPA regulations under the Federal Clean Water Act.
Adam Sharp, OFBF’s senior director of legislative and regulatory policy, explained the court-ordered expansion of EPA’s authority will not provide additional protections to the environment or human health. Instead, farmers, forest managers, state agencies, city and county municipalities, water districts and others will be burdened by another layer of bureaucracy and cost. Consumers and taxpayers would share in those costs.
“Ohioans should be proud that Reps. Schmidt and Gibbs have taken a leadership role on this important national issue,” Sharp said. “This legislation is needed if we want to protect jobs in Ohio and not add to state and local budget problems.”
Schmidt is Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture.
Gibbs is Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Sharp said the court-ordered expansion of EPA authority is set to become effective on April 9. Ohio Farm Bureau is urging Congress to immediately pass H.R. 872.
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