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EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides

Update – Bee Health – EPA has released its “… final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides [which] is more flexible and practical than the proposed policy. For example, a product that retains its toxicity to bees for a shorter time might be allowed to be applied under certain circumstances. Also, in some cases, pesticide application would be allowed when it is unlikely that pollinators will be foraging for crops that have extended bloom periods. The EPA will begin implementing this policy in 2017 by sending letters to registrants describing steps that must be taken to incorporate the new labeling …”

Document Title: * The title of the January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA Finalizes Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides”
* The title of the July 27, 2015 and June 19, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rules is “Proposal To Mitigate Exposure to Bees From Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products; Extension of Comment Period”
* The title of the July 22, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA’s Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides – * The title of the June 12, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA’s Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides – Public Webinar and Comment Period Extension”
* The title of the May 29, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is “Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products; Notice of Availability”
* The title of the May 28, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is “EPA Takes Strong Steps to Better Protect Bees from Pesticides; Proposed restrictions will prohibit use where bees are present for commercial pollination”

Organization: The January 12, 2017 and July 22, 2015 Pesticide News Stories were issued by the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

The July 27, 2015, June 19, 2015 and May 29, 2015 Federal Register Proposed Rules were signed on July 20, 2015, June 11, 2015 and May 19, 2015, respectively, by Jack S. Housenger who is the Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs, a unit of the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

The June 12, 2015 and May 28, 2015 Pesticide News Stories were issued by the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

Source: * January 12, 2017 and July 22, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Stories
* July 27, 2015, June 19, 2015 and May 29, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rules
* June 12, 2015 and May 28, 2015 Pesticide News Stories

Web site: The January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-finalizes-steps-better-protect-bees-pesticides

The January 12, 2017 EPA Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products is posted at
http://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818-0477

The July 27, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/epa-finalizes-steps-better-protect-bees-pesticides

The July 22, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2015/proposal_protect_bees.html

The June 19, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-19/html/2015-14950.htm

The June 12, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2015/bees-webinar.html
* The webinar will be made available during the date and time of the hearing at
http://epa.connectsolutions.com/pollinatorproposal/

The May 29, 2015 EPA Federal Register Proposed Rule is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/html/2015-12989.htm

The May 28, 2015 EPA Pesticide News Story is posted at
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2015/protect-bees.html

Additional information about EPA’s Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides is available at
http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/proposal-protect-bees-acutely-toxic-pesticides

Additional information on EPA’s efforts to protect pollinators is available at
http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=34115

Contact: EPA contacts for information about Pollinator Protection are listed at
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/forms/contact-us-about-pollinator-protection

 Summary: The text of the January 12, 2017 EPA Pesticide News Story follows:

EPA’s is releasing a final policy which describes methods for addressing acute risks to bees from pesticides. Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited under certain conditions when bees are most likely to be present. While the restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes that these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas. New label language will protect managed bees under contract to provide crop pollination services.

The final Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products (http://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818-0477 ) is more flexible and practical than the proposed policy. For example, a product that retains its toxicity to bees for a shorter time might be allowed to be applied under certain circumstances. Also, in some cases, pesticide application would be allowed when it is unlikely that pollinators will be foraging for crops that have extended bloom periods. The EPA will begin implementing this policy in 2017 by sending letters to registrants describing steps that must be taken to incorporate the new labeling.

EPA continues to encourage efforts by states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposure to bees and other insect pollinators through locally-based measures, such as through Managed Pollinator Protection Plans (MP3s). EPA will continue to assist the American Association of Pest Control Officials in developing performance measures for MP3s and will continue to monitor the progress and effectiveness of pollinator protection plans in reducing bee exposure to pesticides. EPA has also engaged the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee in examining the best ways to measure the effectiveness of MP3s.

For more information on the proposal, its supporting documents, and comments received, please see regulatory docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818 (http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818 )

* EPA’s Actions to Protect Pollinators
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/epa-actions-protect-pollinators

* Pollinator Protection at EPA
http://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection

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