The Senate committee charged with protecting our environment just passed a bill that would make it a lot easier to spray pesticides in and around our rivers, lakes, and streams.
The dubiously named "Sensible Environmental Protection Act" eliminates the requirement for point sources to have a permit to spray pesticides in and around our waterways under the Clean Water Act.1
This bill should be called "The Contaminate Waters at Will Actâ since it eliminates the need for permitting to spray pesticides into our waterways.
The documented health hazards and loss of wildlife attributed to pesticides are the exact reason why businesses and industries are required to obtain permits to spray in and around bodies of water.2, 3
Please tell your senators to stand against this reckless action now.
–John Rumpler, Environment America
1. "Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency," Yahoo! News, September 1, 2015
2. "Health Agency Says Widely Used Herbicide Likely Carcinogenic," The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015
3. "Monarch Decline and Genetically Engineered Crops," Center for Food Safety, September 3, 2014
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