One of the better ideas EPA has had lately:

The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing pesticides known to be toxic to a linchpin of the U.S. food system — the honeybee.

The agency announced [May 20th] [pdf] it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement.

For years, beekeepers and wildlife conversationalists alike have voiced concern that the widespread use of neonics, as the chemicals are commonly called, is imperiling wild and domesticated bees crucial to pollinating commercial fruit, nut and vegetable crops.

The Trump administration’s action was welcome news to some environmentalists. “Certainly we have a ways to go,” said George Kimbrell, legal director at the nonprofit advocacy group Center for Food Safety, whose lawsuit prompted the EPA’s action. “But it’s an important first step in acknowledging the harm they cause.”

The twelve pesticides are made by only three companies; one of them, Bayer, says that its two neonic products are not sold in the US.


  1. Roger O Green »

    28 May 2019 · 8:01 am

    Of course, insects are respecters of national borders.

  2. CGHill »

    28 May 2019 · 11:59 am

    They’re no worse at it than those pesky humans.

  3. fillyjonk »

    28 May 2019 · 12:45 pm

    Some good news for me to include in my Environmental Policy and Law class this fall. (I know at one point there were warnings out about buying big-box store flowers for your garden.)

  4. hollyh »

    28 May 2019 · 4:30 pm

    Before I fall all over myself to feel grateful to the Trump administration, I would like to point out that they did it in response to a lawsuit. That isn’t how my EPA should work.

    But having said that, yes, it’s a good thing.

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