The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that originated in the House of Representatives that would exempt pesticide users who spray over water from the requirement that they obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act.
This legislation would allow polluters to circumnavigate the Clean Water Actand further desecrate our waterways,putting endangered and threatened species like the California red legged frog at even greater peril. The California red legged frog, or Mark Twain's frog--the subject of Twain's short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County--relies on habitat that could be exposed to deadly poisons if this legislation succeeds.
Further, it would also be used as a model for future legislative attempts to expempt these same polluters from complying with the Endangered Species Act.
Please email your Senators and tell them you do not support the weakening of environmental and conservation laws to benefit big polluters.
Urge them to vote NO on HR 782 or any bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from stopping toxic pesticides from entering our waterways.