AMCA Position Papers


Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Impacts on Mosquito Control Programs

Issue: Mosquito Control Programs (MCP’s) are required to have NPDES permits under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for mosquito control pesticide applications (including both biological pesticides and chemical pesticides) occurring over, near or in waters of the US. However, these permits are redundant since the pesticide product use has already been reviewed and approved by EPA. Furthermore, the failure to obtain or operate in accordance with a NPDES permit exposes MCPs to substantial CWA penalties including Citizen Suit litigation. These NPDES permit requirements provide little or no environmental benefit, and can have a chilling effect on the ability of MCPs to protect the public from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases.  Click here for more...

 

Endangered Species Act Considerations and Mosquito Control Programs

Issue: Decisions on how pesticides should be used near sensitive or listed species are not being developed in a transparent manner based upon sound science.  Click here for more...

 

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grants for Mosquito-borne Disease Surveillance

Issue: Reduced federal funding is crippling the capabilities of state mosquito-borne disease monitoring and response programs. Increased federal funding is needed to address endemic mosquito-caused diseases, as well as Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen newly-emerging in the Western Hemisphere.  Click here for more...

 

Mosquito Control on Federal Lands for federal properties where mosquito control is limited or not allowed 

Issue: Federal agencies need to better accommodate mosquito control activities on their lands, as identified and performed by local mosquito control programs.  Click here for more...

 

Pollinator Protections and Mosquito Control

Issue: : The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) appreciates the vital role pollinating insects, primarily European Honey Bees, play in the availability of many agricultural products and fully supports science-based efforts to ensure pollinator populations are not adversely affected by pesticide applications designed to protect public health.  Click here for more...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Vector Control Industry 

Issue: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones - for use in the vector control industry provide numerous efficacies, advantages and safety.  Click here for more...