Farm Bill Adds CWA Safe Harbor For Fire Retardant Use Amid Permit Talks

May 17, 2024
The House’s newly released Farm Bill for 2024 includes a provision that would create a five-year legal safe harbor for a range of state and federal agencies to continue using fire retardant for wildfire suppression as EPA and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) work toward development of a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit for such aerial discharges. The House Committee on Agriculture on May 17 unveiled its draft Farm Bill text which includes safe harbor language that bars any court...

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