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A House bill (H.R. 872) titled, "The Reducing Regulatory Burden Act," which was introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) on March 2, was approved by the House Agriculture Committee on March 9. This legislation seeks to clarify the use of pesticides near and on the nation’s waters. A series of court cases focusing on this issue culminated in a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit that effectively negates a 2006 EPA regulation that allows the use of pesticides approved by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) without obtaining an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The effect of the Sixth Circuit ruling is that any pesticide, even those that are FIFRA-approved, that are used near, on, or over a waterway or waterbody, would require an NPDES permit. H.R. 872 states that pesticides approved under FIFRA do not require an NDPES permit. The Sixth Circuit ruling is set to go into effect on April 9, 2011, which prompted the EPA to request an extension from the court for the ruling to push that date back to October 31, 2011. At this time, the court has not granted the request for extension. The bill will next be considered by House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which is the body in the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act. Rep. Gibbs, who sponsored the legislation, chairs this subcommittee.