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- Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says EPA’s work and its impact on agriculture has been “mischaracterized” and that myths about the agency’s aims are preventing it from addressing the nation’s environmental problems.
- Jackson, testifying before the full House Agriculture Committee, identified five areas where she said “myths” have proven to be a hindrance to her agency fulfilling its mission to protect the nation’s air and water.
Myth No. 3 – Spray drift. “While no one supports pesticides wafting into our schools and communities, EPA does not support a ‘no-spray drift policy.’ EPA has been on the record numerous times saying this, but the incorrect belief that EPA desires to regulate all spray drift persists.”
Myth No. 4 – The false notion that EPA is planning on mandating Federal numeric nutrient limits on various states. “Again, let me be clear: EPA is not working on any federal numeric nutrient limits. We will soon be releasing a framework memo to our regional offices that makes it clear that addressing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution – which is a major problem – is best addressed by the states, through numerous tools, including proven conservation practices.” (She did say the case of Florida is unique. The Bush administration made a determination that federal numeric nutrient standards were necessary in Florida, requiring EPA to develop such standards.)
Myth No. 5 – EPA intends to treat spilled milk in the same way as spilled oil. “This is simply incorrect. Rather, EPA has proposed, and is on the verge of finalizing an exemption for milk and dairy containers. This exemption needed to be finalized because the law passed by Congress was written broadly enough to cover milk containers. It was our work with the dairy industry that prompted EPA to develop an exemption and make sure the standards of the law are met in a commonsense way.”