The Senate Ag Committee has approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 with a strong bipartisan vote. The legislation – passed by the House in April – clarifies that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are not required when applying pesticides according to their EPA approved label. The National Corn Growers Association applauded the move. According to NCGA President Bart Schott – the NPDES permitting system jeopardizes the farm economy without providing any real protection to water quality. He says the group is pleased that members of the Senate and House understand how farmers could be impacted – and is urging the full Senate to vote in favor of the measure – H.R. 872 – when it’s considered on the floor.