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.

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