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Congressman John Carney is backing a measure that would eliminate some of the permitting requirements for registering pesticides near navigable waters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the pesticides would still be regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The Delaware Democrat says that the additional permitting process under the Clean Water Act places a burden on state agencies which does not allow them to carry out other important tasks such as mosquito management.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware farmers can now use a new tool to keep crops from being sprayed by unwanted pesticides.

When pilots spray pesticide from the air, wind and weather can cause the spray to move off target. That's called drifting. The new tool, called DriftWatch, lets farmers mark their sensitive fields on an online map so pesticide sprayers know to use caution around the area.

The system was created by Purdue University staff members and is run by a Purdue-created nonprofit.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental and health officials are easing fish consumption advisories for fish caught in the tidal Delaware River, citing reduced levels of chemical contaminants in the water.

Officials on Wednesday said the fish consumption advisory for the river from the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey border to the Chesapeake and Delaware canal has been updated because of falling levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, dioxins and furans, chlorinated pesticides, and mercury.

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There’s an invasive bug -- the kudzu bug -- that has descended on the soybean crop in Sussex County.

It comes from Asia and has spread throughout the South in the last few years.

The bug has left damaged crops behind in its wake.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture says that the first of the bugs was spotted in a crop of pole lima beans.

And, state officials are encouraging vegetable growers to report suspected infestations.

Ed Kee, the state’s Secretary of Agriculture, told the Wilmington News Journal that it is not a crisis, yet.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland work group studying pesticide use is holding its first meeting.

The Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group is scheduled to meet in Annapolis on Tuesday.

The Legislature created the panel this year.

It is tasked with evaluating the latest scientific research and address stakeholders' concerns and questions. The work group also is charged with making recommendations on gathering information about pesticide use in the state.

Preliminary findings are due by the end of December. A final report is due in July 2014.