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REGULATORY REFORM

Summary: NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP): Pesticide applicators are subject to court-created requirements to obtain a Clean Water Act NPDES permit for lawful applications near 'waters of the U.S.' for products already closely reviewed and regulated for use by EPA with stringent FIFRA label restrictions.

OSHA PSM retail exemption: Since 1992, agricultural retailers selling anhydrous ammonia have been exempt from OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard under the "retail exemption," defined as "an establishment ... at which more than half of the income is obtained from direct sales to end users," otherwise known as the "fifty-percent" rule.

ARA position: Support bipartisan legislation that protects users from NPDES permit's duplicative requirements and legal liability. Support codification of the PSM definition of "retail facilities" using the "fifty-percent" rule.