EPA’s Proposed Imidacloprid Exposure Limitations are Not Strong Enough

Our comment letter to EPA follows below.   OPP Docket Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20460-0001   Re: Pollinator Ecological Risk Assessments: Imidacloprid Registration Review EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0844   To whom it may concern, We would like to offer some comments on the regulatory endpoints that are proposed in... Continue Reading →

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Bumblebee Kill in Eugene Rains on Pollinator Week

[Updated 6/19/14] It is with dismay that I must report on another bumblebee kill, this time only about a mile away from the bees in my yard.  All of the details are not in yet, but the basic picture is clear.  Insecticide was sprayed early Monday morning, 6/16, on blooming linden trees in an apartment... Continue Reading →

Neonics and Bees — Political Inaction Persists Despite Mounting Evidence

Over the course of the last year, the issue of bees and the neonicotinoid pesticides has finally begun to appear in the popular press in this country.  A campaign by Friends of the Earth in the UK resulted in major garden center chains removing the neonics from their shelves in February of last year.  Early... Continue Reading →

Keeping our Bees Alive

UPDATE 1/30/12:  Yet another study implicating Neonicotinoid insecticides.  This time the study looks at sub lethal levels of imidacloprid fed in spiked pollen substitute patties on the susceptibility of newly emerged bees to nosema infection.  There is clear evidence that although the bees themselves have an undetectable level of insecticide present, the ones fed contaminated pollen had higher levels of nosema spore... Continue Reading →

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