Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would grant a Section 18 waiver for AV-1011, a blackbird repellent:
"Over-regulation by Washington bureaucrats presents a daunting challenge for many of South Louisiana's hard-working agricultural producers. A prime example of this centers around efforts to control populations of predatory blackbirds at the expense of our food supply.
"Washington's restrictions against methods such as sound machines, combined with strict regulations on repellent chemicals, have left growers at home without an effective way to combat predatory blackbirds in South Louisiana's rice fields. In light of this, I penned a letter with four of my colleagues highlighting the importance of an emergency exemption for AV-1011, a blackbird repellent. I am pleased the EPA has agreed to allow an exemption for this substance. I will always stand ready to fight on behalf of our local agricultural producers."