The US Sixth Circuit Court ruled about two years ago that the US EPA should issue National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for aquatic herbicide or vector control applications. They then gave the US EPA until April 9, 2011 to develop and implement that program. Last month, EPA filed a motion with the court to stay this decision for an additional six months. EPA’s reasoning is that they had not had enough time to develop the permit program.
This past Monday the Court granted the motion and NPDES permits will not be required for application of these materials until October 31, 2011. This will insure necessary work can be performed while EPA completes this work.