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  • Stoner, Kimberly
    Mostly changing labels to clarify the need to avoid spraying when attractive plants are in flower, with exceptions – mostly to protect managed bees. Kim
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      EPA Pesticide Program Updates: New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

      Mostly changing labels to clarify the need to avoid spraying when attractive plants are in flower, with exceptions – mostly to protect managed bees.

      Kim

       

      From: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [mailto:usaepa@...]
      Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 3:41 PM
      To: Stoner, Kimberly
      Subject: EPA Pesticide Program Updates: New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

       

       

        EPA Pesticide Program Updates

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           From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs

      August 15, 2013

       

      In This Update:

      New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators

      WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.

      “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

      The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. Today’s announcement affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. The EPA will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels so that they will meet the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) safety standard.

      In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health, showing scientific consensus that there are a complex set of stressors associated with honey bee declines, including loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

      The agency continues 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. The EPA recently released new enforcement guidance to federal, state and tribal enforcement officials to enhance investigations of beekill incidents.

      More on the EPA’s label changes and pollinator protection efforts: http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/ecosystem/pollinator/index.html

      View the infographic on EPA’s new bee advisory box: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ecosystem/pollinator/bee-label-info-graphic.pdf


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