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While EU Moves Forward Today on Banning Neonics U.S. EPA Plans Backward Step
WASHINGTON - “The wise decision by European Union regulators to ban bee-killing neonicotinoids is a huge victory for pollinators and science-based regulation of pesticides,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s environmental health program. “But the EU’s wisdom highlights the Trump EPA’s folly."
"Although U.S. beekeepers reported catastrophic losses again this winter, and just this past week the EPA closed a comment period on another suite of damning neonicotinoid risk assessments, rather than banning these dangerous pesticides, the agency is actually considering increasing the use of neonics across another 165 million acres.”
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