1 million citizens sign petition to suspend bee-killing pesticide after EPA ignores its own analysis

"In March, the Center for Food Safety joined commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations to file an urgent legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend further use of a pesticide the agency knows poses harm to honey bees, and adopt safeguards to ensure similar future pesticides aren't approved by the agency. The legal petition is supported by over one million citizen petitions also submitted to date calling out one pesticide in particular-- clothianidin-- for its harmful impacts on honey bees." (1) [LC: findings of the EPA's report on 2,4-D]: "Based on the best available information, the [EPA] makes a “may affect and likely to adversely affect” determination for both the [California Red-Legged Frog] and [Alameda Whipsnake] from the use of 2,4-D for all labeled uses except Citrus and Potatoes." (2)

.Source: (1)"Beekeepers & Environmental Groups to EPA: Pesticide Approval is "Irresponsible" & "Damaging." Food Safety Now! Spring 2012. 3. (2) Christine Hartless et al. "Risks of 2,4-D Use to the Federally Threatened California Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora draytonii) and Alameda Whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus)." Environmental Fate and Effects Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, Washington, D.C. Feb. 20, 2009. 10. http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/endanger/litstatus/effects/redleg-frog/2-4-d... [verified 4/17/14]

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