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USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report

US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water – The Guardian

The Guardian’s Oliver Milman reported today – Water authorities across the US are systematically distorting water tests to downplay the amount of lead in samples, risking a dangerous spread of the toxic water crisis that has gripped Flint, documents seen by the Guardian show. The controversial approach to water testing is so widespread that it…

Noting ‘Precariousness of Bee Populations,’ Court of Appeals Yanks EPA Approval of Dow’s Sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s unconditional approval of the neocotinoid pesticide, sulfoxaflor on September 10, 2015. In vacating the EPA’s approval of sulfoxaflor the court effectively prevents the pesticide’s sale or use in the U.S. until the agency goes through the process of determining its…

Earthjustice: Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide

from Earthjustice:   Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide Alyssa Anderson, daughter of a beekeeper, holds a baby bee in a California orchard. Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice September 10, 2015 San Francisco, CA —Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected U.S. EPA’s approval of the neonicotinoid insecticide “sulfoxaflor.” The Court concluded that…