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Hagan introduces pesticide bill

Sen. Kay Hagan has introduced a bill to reduce a layer of regulation for farmers and towns in the use of pesticides.

Hagan, along with Republican Mike Crapo, would exempt farmers and others from a new requirement – ordered by the courts – forcing Clean Water Act permits for certain applications of pesticides in or near water. The new permitting system went into effect on November 1, 2011.

The bill would keep in the place the Environmental Protection Agency's 30-year program of regulation for pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA.)

“It would remove a redundant regulation that is burdening our farmers, our state and municipal governments and numerous other entities,” Hagan said in a teleconference with North Carolina reporters Tuesday morning.

“This bill is common sense,” Hagan said. “I hear over and over again – help us reduce the regulatory overburdens that we face.''

She said the new court-ordered regulations provide no new health benefits. “This is double regulation,” she said.

She and Crapo introduced a similar bill last session. A companion bill passed the House and was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee but did not win final passage.

Larry Wooten, president of the N.C. Farm Bureau, said the measure would help farmers.

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