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Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide


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Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide

WASHINGTON - SUMMARY
Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected US EPA’s approval of the neonicotinoid insecticide “sulfoxaflor.” The Court concluded that EPA violated federal law when it approved sulfoxaflor without reliable studies regarding the impact that the insecticide would have on honeybee colonies. The Court vacated EPA’s approval, meaning that sulfoxaflor may not be used in the US unless, and until, EPA obtains the necessary information regarding impacts to honeybees and re-approves the insecticide in accordance with law.

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