It's time for EPA to get serious about neonicotinoid pesticides!
Please write your U.S. Representative TODAY and ask her or him to support H.R. 1284, the Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2015. This bill will direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration for neonicotinoid insecticides, or "neonics," which are causing serious harm to birds, bees, and aquatic life.
Neonicotinoid pesticides—now the most commonly used insecticides on earth—have been shown to have lethal effects on birds and bees. American Bird Conservancy and a coalition of wildlife organizations, beekeepers, and agricultural practitioners are asking the EPA to immediately suspend these products pending review of their environmental impacts.
We’ve tried this before: Just last year, a coalition of beekeepers and environmental and conservation groups petitioned EPA calling for the suspension of a particular neonic called clothianidin. The petition was ultimately denied. Then, in March this year, we released our groundbreaking toxicological review, “The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds,” again calling on EPA to remove these insecticides from the market. No action has yet been taken.
Now we’re trying again—and this time, we must succeed. With enough support, we can get the U.S. Congress to pass the Save America’s Pollinators Act of 2015. Passage of the bill would require EPA to suspend the registration of neonicotinoid insecticides pending thorough review and field study of the adverse effects on birds, bats, bees, and other beneficial insects. The bill would also require EPA to coordinate with the Department of the Interior in monitoring the long-term viability of native bees and other pollinators.
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