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needs to combat the virus outbreak before
authorizing $1.9 billion in funding.
Also on Capitol Hill, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation (H.R. 4400)
that would add Zika to a key U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) program called,
The Priority Review Voucher Program, which
encourages the development of treatments
for neglected tropical diseases. The bill has
already passed the Senate (S.2512). Other
Zika-related initiatives are being proposed
weekly, while funding for combating Zika
will remain a focal point on Capitol Hill
throughout the appropriations process.
Since January NPMA has met with countless legislators in both chambers of Congress
and also provided educational briefings to
several prominent committees including:
Senate Committee on Agriculture; Senate
Committee on Environment and Public
Works; House Committee on Agriculture;
and House Committee on Energy and
Commerce. NPMA is continuously communicating the important role of the structural pest management industry in mitigating
exposure to Zika-carrying mosquitoes, and
that the pest management industry is a builtin pest defense network with resources that
should be used to coordinate efforts and
educate the public on available services
and common sense approaches to minimize
exposure to Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
previous with only minor changes proposed.
March 11, 2016 was the deadline for public
comment. Despite several requests by state
regulators and pesticide industry allies, no
extension was granted by EPA.
The requirement for NPDES permits is a
result of a 2009 U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals decision in Nat'l Cotton Council
v. EPA. The court determined that under
the Clean Water Act (CWA), discharges of
pollutants (chemical pesticides) into Waters
of the United States (WOTUS) shall require
obtaining an NPDES permit. The ruling
came despite EPA's opposition and argument that pesticides applied in accordance
with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) are exempt from
CWA's permitting requirements.
NPMA is aggressively pursuing legislative solutions to the overly redundant NPDES
permits - specifically the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2015 (S. 1500)
in the Senate and the Reducing Regulatory
Burdens Act (H.R. 897) in the House. NPMA
is working with a broad coalition to push this
legislation through multiple avenues.
Heating Up, NPMA Needs
Your Continued Participation
The annual appropriations process is heating up in Washington D.C. Now is the time
to continue the positive momentum gained
during NPMA's Legislative Day towards
achieving the NPMA's policy objectives.
NPMA's Congressional representatives have all returned from spring recess
and a series of appropriation bills, which
fund the U.S. government, are beginning
to be debated and amended through the
nuanced appropriations process in both
The looming 2016 elections create a condensed legislative calendar and this will be
one of the most important times to communicate with your elected officials. Whether
it is overtime, NPDES permits, Zika virus,
pollinators, or tax issues, this is when the
NPMA needs your continued engagement
and assistance. If you have not already done
so, please sign-up to receive the NPMA's
grassroots alerts at https://npmapestworld.
org/public-policy/take-action/ and be ready
to participate over the coming weeks.
HUD Publishes Updated
NPMA 99A&B Forms
Recently, the Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) re-issued
HUD-NPMA-99A and HUD-NPMA-99B
with updated expiration dates '5/30/2018'.
Besides the new expiration date, the forms
retain the same OMB Approval Number
and, as expected, no substantive changes
were made to the forms.
Moving forward, the new forms should be
used and NPMA has ordered the new versions
to be made available on the NPMA Bug Store
web site at https://forms.npmapestworld.org/
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EPA Publishes Draft NPDES General
Permit Renewal, Congress Takes Action
In early March, NPMA submitted comments on the U.S. EPA's (Environmental
Protection Agency) National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
general permit renewal. The NPDES general permit is required by federal law to be
renewed on a five year cycle, with the current
general permit expiring on October 31, 2016.
Published on January 26, 2016, the draft
general permit is essentially the same as the
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