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Old 05-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #11
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Default Sierra Club urges EPA to suspend nicotinyl insecticides

Sierra Club urges EPA to suspend nicotinyl insecticides
PRESS RELEASE
July 31, 2008

Contact: Laurel Hopwood, Chair of Sierra Club's Genetic Engineering Committee

Sierra Club urges EPA to suspend nicotinyl insecticides - Sierra Club
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In light of the mounting evidence that the nicotinyl insecticides (also known as neonicotinoids) are deadly to bees, the Sierra Club today reaffirmed its call for a U.S. moratorium on these powerful pesticides to protect our bees and crops, until more study can be done.

The EPA is charged with properly implementing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for legal authorization to allow various pesticide applications. Yet more than one hundred and sixty Section 18 FIFRA emergency exemptions have been approved by EPA's OPP since 1997 without evaluating sublethal effects.

"There are big holes in the science," said Laurel Hopwood, Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Committee chair. "The EPA has failed to evaluate the risks from sublethal effects due to low level exposures of…
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