On June 21, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry approved H.R. 872, a bill that would prevent EPA from implementing a court order requiring certain pesticide applications to be covered by Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits. In March, the Sixth Circuit granted EPA a six-month extension through Oct. 31 for implementing the order (National Cotton Council v. EPA, 6th Cir., No. 06-4630, 3/28/11). H.R. 872 would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the CWA and exempt pesticide applications from the CWA's NPDES permitting process if the pesticide is used for its intended purpose and the use complies with pesticide labeling requirements. EPA plans to issue a final general permit under the CWA by the end of July that would apply to pesticide applications for mosquitoes and other flying insects; aquatic weeds and algae; aquatic nuisance animals, including mollusks and lamprey eels; and forest canopy pests.