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EPA botches bee-toxic pesticide risk assessments

Friends of the Earth calls for agency to ban neonicotinoid pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran and updated its assessment for the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. A growing body of scientific data implicate these pesticides as key contributors to bee declines and as harmful to other organisms that are essential to food production. The updated imidacloprid risk assessment failed to…

EPA pollinator plan does not go far enough to protect bees

Friends of the Earth calls for agency to suspend bee-toxic pesticides WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products, which prohibits applications of acutely toxic pesticides under certain conditions when pollinators are present. The final policy is less stringent than the initial proposed policy in May 2015. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth, issued the following…

119,662 Americans: Give rusty patched bumble bee endangered status

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers granting Endangered Species Act protection to the rusty patched bumble bee, groups are taking the fight to their front door. Friends of the Earth, Environment America, Environmental Action and the Sierra Club are delivering petitions to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife headquarters today signed by 119,662 people urging the agency to enact immediate protections for the bee. The agency is accepting comments on the…