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Take Action: Tell the EPA Not to Register Sulfoxaflor, Another Bee-Killing Pesticide

With continuing reports of honey-bee decline, would sulfoxaflor be yet another bee disaster waiting to happen?

| February 6, 2013

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    Take action to protect our pollinators from toxic pesticides.
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The following article is posted with permission from Beyond Pesticide.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to register a new insecticide, sulfoxaflor, which the agency has classified as “very highly toxic” to honey bees. Despite efforts underway in Europe to protect bee populations, and continued warnings from beekeepers, EPA is poised to allow another chemical toxic to bees into the environment without proper field studies evaluating long-term effects to bee colonies and with label statements that are impractical and unenforceable. With continuing reports of bee deaths, would sulfoxaflor be yet another bee disaster waiting to happen?

Take Action! Tell EPA not to register another bee-killing pesticide! 

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Similar to the neonicotinoid clothianidin, which is linked to bee decline and was conditionally registered by EPA without pertinent studies on the hazards to honey bees, the agency is once again poised to register a chemical known to be highly toxic to honey bees, without relevant field studies assessing colony health and the magnitude of residue exposures. Honey bees can be exposed to sulfoxaflor via nectar and pollen with estimated residues exceeding levels of concern. Effects in honey bees will be similar to those observed with neonicotinoids, including abnormal flight and olfactory behavior, and death.

In spite of sulfoxaflor’s many similarities with neonicotinoids (some say it’s a new generation of neonicotinoid), EPA turns a blind eye to taking the precautionary approach.  It is irresponsible for EPA to repeat the missteps of conditional registration with another chemical known to be hazardous to bees. The time is now to say enough is enough and demand EPA protect honey bees and other pollinators.

5/7/2014 10:08:23 PM

Honey bees can be exposed to sulfoxaflor via nectar and pollen with estimated residues exceeding levels of concern.

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