Pesticides from Forestry Runoff Pollute Farm Bill
EPA cannot limit chemical or sediment runoff from logging operations, thanks to the 2014 Agricultural Act, better known as the Farm Bill.Farm subsidies and food stamps are two of the biggest programs in the so-called Farm Bill, but the legislation regulates many other issues, including forestry practices. And the latest version (signed into law February 19 as the ) includes a pesticide exemption and other benefits for logging companies, as .
explicitly limits the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate sediment discharges or other runoff from a variety of forestry activities, including harvesting, pest control, road building, or fertilizer applications. It does this by amending a intended to reduce pollutant discharges into waterways by industry, municipal wastewater facilities, and agricultural operations.
Although EPA has typically not required permits for wastewater pollution from logging operations under the Clean Water Act, theto change that. The new legislation will prevent EPA from doing so.
A number of(including all six companies represented as “economic sector” groups on ) lobbied to include the new exemption. Other trade associations supportive of the exemption included the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Pellet Fuels Institute, the Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association, and the Treated Wood Council.
Melton, P. (2014, March 3). Pesticides from Forestry Runoff Pollute Farm Bill. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/pesticides-forestry-runoff-pollute-farm-bill