Coalition Letter to Senate Leadership Calling for Swift Action on PRIA


Date Sent
February 13, 2018
Multi-Industry Coalition
Leaders McConnell and Schumer and Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow
Reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA)
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Dear Leaders McConnell and Schumer and Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow:

On behalf of farmers, lawn care and pest control professionals, public health officials, golf course superintendents, invasive species managers, pesticide registrants and others, we urge you to promptly pass legislation (HR 1029) to reauthorize the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). Failure to reauthorize PRIA will hamper efforts to address new and emerging pest threats, reduce funding for pesticide worker training programs and severely damage the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’S) ability to oversee and review the safety of products and evaluate potential impacts on the environment.

PRIA was first enacted with strong bipartisan support in 2004 and reauthorized in 2007 and 2012 – each time with the support of the regulated community, environmental organizations, state departments of agriculture and EPA. Under current law, the pesticide industry pays over $40 million annually in pesticide registration and maintenance fees, which supplement federal appropriations and reduce costs to the taxpayer, provide resources for EPA’s registration and registration review efforts, create a more predictable and timely pesticide evaluation process, and fund worker protection training activities. The same diverse coalition of stakeholders negotiated HR 1029, which was passed by voice vote in the House in March 2017 and was reported by the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 29, 2017.

Should Congress fail to reauthorize PRIA, EPA stands to lose over $27.8 million in FY 2018 and more in subsequent years in fees and over 200 scientists and regulatory experts from the Office of Pesticide Programs, which puts important processes and safeguards for public and environmental health in jeopardy. Furthermore, pesticide users will lose access to a predictable pipeline of new and innovative pest control solutions because there will no longer be predictable review timeframes associated with pesticide product registration which can delay the availability of key products like those that protect against pests that pose a public health risk. In addition, the legislation passed by the House and pending before the Senate provides important funding for: worker protection training; the review of older chemistries that is mandated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act; the establishment of efficacy test guidelines for significant public health pests such as mosquitoes, ticks and bed bugs and for enhanced good laboratory practice inspections to help preserve export markets for U.S. products.

We urge you to move this legislation as soon as possible to ensure the efficient and thorough review of pesticide products.

AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky
Agricultural Retailers Association
Alabama Agribusiness Council
American Chemistry Council Biocides Panel
American Mosquito Control Association
American Seed Trade Association
American Soybean Association
Aquatic Plant Management Society
California Specialty Crops Council
Consumer Specialty Products Association
Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association
Georgia Agribusiness Council
Georgia Urban Ag Council
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
Maine Arborist Association
Maine Landscape and Nursery Association
Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals
Michigan Agribusiness Association
Michigan Green Industry Association
Minnesota Crop Production Retails
Minor Crop Farmer Alliance
National Agricultural Aviation Association
National Association of Independent Crop Consultants
National Association of Landscape Professionals
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Corn Growers Association
National Cotton Council
National Hispanic Landscape Alliance
National Onion Association
National Pest Management Association
National Potato Council
National Sorghum Producers
Nebraska Agri-Business Association
New York State Turfgrass Association
North Central Weed Science Society
Northeastern Weed Science Society
Ohio Agribusiness Association
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Oregonians for Food & Shelter
Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
Society of American Florists
South Dakota Agri-Business Association
Southern Crop Production Association
Southern Weed Science Society
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association
Texas Seed Trade Association
U.S. Apple Association
United Fresh Produce Association
USA Rice
Vermont Greenscape Association
Washington State Potato Commission
Weed Science Society of America
Western Growers Association
Western Society of Weed Science