Environmental Policy

Details of EPA's NPDES Pesticide General Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final Pesticide NPDES General Permit (PGP) on Oct. 31, 2011. NAAA has developed a comprehensive overview of the permit detailing the impacts of the permit on aerial applicators. The Association has also developed a number of documents to aid aerial applicators in complying with the permits.

The Clean Water Act's Effects on Aerial Application

Since the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) has for decades regulated all aspects of pesticide use, it is uncommon when Clean Water Act (CWA) rules come into play for our industry—for example, avoiding applications to buffer zones set up around specific wetlands, river segments or lakes to protect state water quality standards.  However, a 2009 decision of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (National Cotton Council, et al., v.

Pollinator Protection

Approximately one-third of all crops in the United States require insect pollination, and honeybees are an essential part of the pollination process. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value annually. It is no surprise then that the rapid decline of honeybees over the last several years is causing concern among beekeepers and agriculturalists alike.

Links to State NPDES Permits

State-developed PGPs will require EPA approval, but they will likely differ significantly from one state to the next. As a result, it's important for aerial applicators to learn about the NPDES permit policies for each state in which their application work will take place. 

The state agencies responsible for water permitting and web links to information about those states’ draft permits that are now available are as follows (NAAA will continue to update this list as additional state draft permits become available):

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