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EPA is Advancing Pollinator Science and Sharing
Useful Information with Growers and Beekeepers. Finally.
On June 20, 2014, President Obama issued a directive to
federal agencies to create a federal strategy to promote honey bee and other
pollinator health. The President’s directive created a Pollinator Health
Task Force, co-chaired by EPA and USDA, and charged federal agencies with
expanding federal efforts and taking new steps to reverse pollinator
losses. Scientists believe that honey bee losses are likely caused by
multiple stressors, including poor bee nutrition, loss of forage lands,
parasites, pathogens, and pesticides. EPA will address the role of
pesticides and take action, as appropriate, to protect pollinators. Read President Obama's directive.
Two important tools are being released today as part of
EPA’s ongoing actions to protect pollinators. These
and other EPA pollinator protection efforts complement those of the USDA, the
lead federal agency tasked with identifying and mitigating the causes of U.S.
honey bee decline.
Pollinator Risk Assessment Guidance:
EPA has posted its new Pollinator Risk Assessment Guidance online. The guidance
is part of a long-term strategy to advance the science of
assessing the risks posed by pesticides to bees, giving risk managers the means
to further improve pollinator protection in our regulatory decisions. Among
other things, EPA anticipates the guidance will allow the agency to assess
effects from systemic pesticides quantitatively on individual bees as well as
on bee colonies. The guidance, developed in cooperation with the California
Department of Pesticide Regulation and Health Canada’s Pest Management
Regulatory agency, builds upon our ongoing efforts to advance the science of pollinator risk assessment.
We are already implementing elements of the guidance in
our ongoing registration review of neonicotinoid pesticides
as well as in our other pesticide regulatory work. The agency is currently
reviewing new data we required of the registrants, including refined semi-field
studies under more real-world application conditions. Other data from ongoing
full-field studies will take up to several years to complete.
RT25 Data Now Online:
At the request of beekeepers and growers alike, the agency has also posted our
Residual Time to 25% Bee Mortality (RT25) Data online. Bees may be susceptible
to harm from direct exposure to pesticides sprayed on flowering plants, but
pesticide residues generally decrease in toxicity as the spray dries and time
passes. Farmers and beekeepers can use EPA's RT25 data to gauge the amount of time
after application that a particular pesticide product remains toxic enough
under real-world conditions to kill 25 percent of bees that are exposed to
residues on treated plant surfaces. Some have used this information to select
pesticide products with shorter periods in which the chemicals remain active
and can affect bees.
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