This week’s Cotton Newsline is 4 cuts. All cuts are Keith Menchey, (pronounced men-chee), manager of science and environmental issues for the National Cotton Council.
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In November 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, issued a final rule which allowed pesticide applications on or near water to be exempt under certain circumstances from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES permits. Keith Menchey, manager of science and environmental issues for the National Cotton Council, says that on January 6, 2009, the sixth circuit court ruled against the rule, invalidating it.
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Menchey says on August third, the court came out with its final decision denying the request for a rehearing.
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According to Menchey, there are some areas that are going to capture some of the activities in cotton production.
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Menchey says the Council, along with other agriculture groups, has initiated talks with the EPA’s office of water to provide impute on what a general permit for pesticides might look like.
Menchey says the EPA is planning on issuing a prototype permit on three of the nine categories at the end of this month.