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Pesticide News Story: EPA Draft NPDES Pesticides General Permit

For Release: June 2, 2010

On June 4, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be publishing in the Federal Register the availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide general permit (PGP) for point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States. This action is in response to a decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in National Cotton Council, et al. v. EPA that clarified that NPDES permits are required for certain discharges from the application of pesticides.

EPA is seeking comment for 45 days (through July 19, 2010) on the draft PGP and plans to issue the final PGP in December 2010. During the public comment period EPA will hold three public meetings (Albuquerque, Boise, and Boston), a public hearing (Washington, D.C.), and a webcast to provide an overview of the PGP requirements and the basis for those requirements, and to answer questions about the draft permit and how the public can best assist EPA in the public comment process. The date, time and location of the public meetings and public hearing are as follows:

The webcast will be broadcast on June 17, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). For information on how to register and attend the webcast, see EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/npdes/training.

More information on the NPDES requirements for discharges from pesticide applications is available at www.epa.gov/npdes/pesticides. Copies of the draft PGP, PGP fact sheet, and Federal Register notice can be downloaded from that site. [A pre-publication draft of the Federal Register notice is now available.] Details on how to provide public comment on the draft permit are provided in the Federal Register notice and, beginning on June 4, also at www.regulations.gov for docket number EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0257.

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