Enviro groups solicit Congress to pressure EPA to suspend neonic insecticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting pressure from environmental and sustainable agriculture organizations and members of Congress to investigate and restrict the use of neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to declining pollinator populations.

Neonicotinoids are being cited as one of several factors contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder in bees, leading to sharp population decline in recent years. In the past year, European polticians imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids, a class action lawsuit was filed by beekeepers in Canada, and a federal strategy was outlined by the Obama Administration to promote pollinator health.   

On Sept. 30, 2014, Representatives Earl Blumenaur (D-OR), John Conyers (D-MI), and 58 other Democratic Representatives co-signed a letter urging the EPA to restrict neonicotinoid use.

Related article:  Europe may relax its ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, alleged to harm bees, leaked document suggests

The letter outlines nine policy recommendations, including restricting—and in some cases, suspending—the use of neonicotinoids depending on timing, methods, and location of the pesticide’s application.  The signing Representatives also call for cost-benefit analyses for neonicotinoid pesticide registration and assessing neonicotinoid-treated seeds, which are currently exempt from major federal pesticide regulations.

Read fullm original article: 60 Members of Congress and 17 Non-Profit Groups Urge EPA to Limit Neonicotinoid Pesticides

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