The following vote by our free market disaster capitalists in Congress was not only dangerous to our waterways, but my god, how bad does something have to look before you stop and ask; are we going too far? Deregulation deceptively dressed up as “freedom” is the fuel the tea party Republicans use to get their low information base to charge blindly ahead.
But really, discharging anything into our waters should be met with some skepticism, especially pesticides. Roll Call:
REGULATION OF PESTICIDE DISCHARGES: The House passed a bill (HR 935) that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring permits under the Clean Water Act for discharges into navigable waters of pesticides authorized for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Clean Water Act permits still would be required for discharges regulated by that law as municipal or industrial waste or storm water.
Voting to dump pesticides into our waterways (I can’t believe I’m typing this): Paul Ryan, Ron Kind, Jim Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble.
My sympathies to Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore for not getting press for their sane but important vote against this lunacy. And Ron Kind? Anybody know what happened here?