Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Representative _________’s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge him to oppose HR 953, the so-called "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act." It's a terrible idea to take away the protections that keep businesses and farmers from using pesticides near our rivers and waterways without a permit. Our drinking water and freshwater fish are too important to put at risk just to save businesses a few dollars and a couple minutes of paperwork. Considering the Trump administration wants to gut the EPA, this is no time to further erode protections for our health and safety. Thank you!
HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, removes regulations over the use of pesticides near rivers -- protections that were created in 2009 when a federal court ruled that all biological and chemical pesticide applications require permits under the Clean Water Act. The bill is widely seen as a giveaway to the pesticide industry -- companies such as Monsanto, DuPont and Dow Chemicals.
Supporters argue the bill will do little more than lessen paperwork requirements for pesticide users, but opponents point out that the paperwork to obtain a permit is minimal. Additionally, those permits help the government track where and when pesticides have been used, in the event that water cleanups are needed.