More Regulations Set In Bee Protection Effort

To protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. EPA developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products.

The new labels will have a bee-advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure, as well as cautions about spray drift. The agency says it will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels so they meet the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) safety standard.

The new labels will affect products containing imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

The EPA also released new enforcement guidance to federal, state and tribal officials to enhance investigations of bee-kill incidents. And the agency says it will continue to work with beekeepers, growers, pesticide applicators, pesticide and seed companies, and federal and state agencies to reduce pesticide drift dust and advance best-management practices.

This past May, the USDA and EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honeybee health that showed consensus that there’s a complex set of stressors associated with honeybee declines.

“Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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