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CLA Comments on Fish and Wildlife Service Proposal for Listing the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee as Endangered

On September 22, 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed listing the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (RPBB) as endangered and invited comments from stakeholders. CLA has led efforts to inform partner organizations on the potential impact of the proposed listing to the health of U.S. agriculture, while pointing out inaccuracies and unsubstantiated allegations in the FWS proposal. In the comments submitted Monday, November 21, CLA pointed out that FWS’s own analysis identified pathogens and habitat loss as responsible for more than half of the decline in the bee population. Yet, the Service chose to focus in great detail on presumed negative effects of pesticide use, including the purported impact of neonics. CLA also highlighted additional inadequacies in the proposal including failure to consider EPA’s efforts to protect bees, including the RPBB, and the extensive conservation efforts in effect for pollinators.

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