Bee-Minded Pesticide Protest Loses Some Sting

April 23, 2014

Editor’s Note:¬†CRE notes the partial victory of administrative process and sound science in US District Court.

From: Courthouse News Service

By WILLIAM DOTINGA

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Beekeepers and environmentalists missed some administrative hoops before challenging honeybee-killing pesticides, a federal judge ruled.

Four beekeepers joined with nonprofits including the Sierra Club, Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health in suing the Environmental Protection Agency last year over its approval of pesticides containing clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

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The EPA – joined by Bayer, Syngenta and other pesticide makers – moved to dismiss the action under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA.

U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney found no evidence Friday that FIFRA required the agency to publish notices each time it approves a conditional-use registration.

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