Tell EPA to Protect Honey Bees From Toxic Pesticides

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Originally Posted:  11 March 2009

Tell EPA to Protect Honey Bees From Toxic Pesticides

From Pesticide Action Network

EPA is accepting public comments on this phase of the project through March 17th. Stop the use of imidacloprid! EPA is currently undergoing a mandatory review of its approval of imidacloprid, but the agency's work plan lacks crucial details on how it will assess risks to bees, and this review isnít scheduled to be complete until 2014. In the meantime, high-risk uses of imidacloprid will continue to threaten honey bees.

Sign the online petition here

AND/OR better yet, contact Russell Wasem, Chemical Review Manager
Fax: 703/308-8005

INFORMATION

Every third bite of food we take is produced with honey bee help. They pollinate a third of our food, but bee colonies are collapsing, and their populations are plummeting because of parasites and pesticide exposures.

Take Action Now! Tell EPA to protect honey bees from a toxic pesticide.

The pesticide imidacloprid is highly toxic to honey bees. Despite EPAís recognition of this fact, the agency approved imidaclopridís use in 1994. France banned several uses of imidacloprid in 1999 over concerns about its effects on bees, but here in the United States imidacloprid is still used heavily on many crops pollinated by honey bees, including broccoli, blueberries, carrots, grapefruit, cucumbers and avocados.

EPA is currently undergoing a mandatory review of its approval of imidacloprid, but the agency's work plan lacks crucial details on how it will assess risks to bees, and this review isnít scheduled to be complete until 2014. In the meantime, high-risk uses of imidacloprid will continue to threaten honey bees.

EPA is accepting public comments on this phase of the project through March 17th.

Please email now! Tell EPA to protect honey bees that feed us all.

Join PAN and NRDC in urging EPA to act decisively and quickly to protect honey bees and other pollinators from high-risk uses of imidacloprid. By signing below, youíll encourage the agency to strengthen its plans for risk, toxicity and exposure assessments.


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