Reauthorization of a major pesticide law creates certainty for manufacturers, and protects consumers, workers and jobs, according to The Household & Commercial Products Association, which applauded the United States House of Representatives for unanimously passing S.483, the reauthorization of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA). According to HCPA, reauthorization of this major pesticide law also strengthens confidence in the program and ensures continued investment in new products.
“On behalf of the household and commercial products industry, we would like to thank the US House for promptly and unanimously passing S.483, especially House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Collin Peterson (D-MN), for his steadfast leadership in shepherding S.483 through the House, ” said HCPA President and CEO Steve Caldeira. “HCPA again thanks Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) for their sponsorship of PRIA reauthorization in the US Senate.”
S.483 was amended by the House to correct for procedural error, which means it must return to the US Senate for a vote on the amended version. HCPA is confident that the Senate will move quickly to send S.483 to President Trump’s desk.
“As the voice of the industry, HCPA worked collaboratively with policymakers on both sides of the aisle, in both chambers, as well as with NGOs and allied trade associations to find a pathway for PRIA reauthorization,” said Caldeira. “PRIA supports the products that help keep families and workplaces safe, clean and healthy – the products that are their first line of defense against the spread of bacteria, the flu virus and insect-borne diseases like West Nile, Zika and Lyme disease. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will continue to receive proper funding for this cost-effective, sustainable and efficient way to review the safety of these increasingly-important products.”