In the wake of our major Earthjustice court victory last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency is once again bowing to industry pressure and proposing to bring the toxic bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor back to market.
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In response to our victory last year, a court admonished the EPA for relying on bogus science and pressed the agency to obtain valid studies of sulfoxaflor’s effect on bees. Since that ruling—which took this toxic pesticide off the market—the EPA has not received additional data, nor has it taken adequate measures to resolve problems that the court identified from existing studies.
Yet last week the EPA proposed bringing back the bee-killing pesticide!
This winter we saw a record 44 percent loss in beehives. We’re at a point of crisis—we can’t sit back as the EPA continues to bow to industry pressure.
Pesticides are causing bee mortality, yet our government continues to approve toxic bee-killing pesticides for widespread use. And sulfoxaflor, a neonicotinoid pesticide, is one of the worst. Trace amounts can kill bees outright, and in amounts that may not kill immediately, it impairs bees’ ability to breed, forage, fight disease and survive the winter.
Earthjustice is fighting back for beekeepers and for the millions of Americans like YOU who want action now to save bees.
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