Earthjustice files writ petition in California Superior Court for the County of Alameda, challenging neonicotinoid pesticides.

bees1A was filed by Earthjustice urging the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to halt approval of neonicotinoid pesticides pending completion of a scientific assessment on the impact of honeybees. Earthjustice represents the , Beyond Pesticides and Center for .

The lawsuit challenges the DPR’s decision to expand the use of two powerful neonicotinoid – sold under the trademarks Venom Insecticide and Dinotefuran 20SG – despite the agency’s pending review of impacts to .

“State officials have approved pesticides time and time again, despite mounting scientific research and real-world evidence that neonicotinoids pose harm to ,” said Paul Towers, Organizing & Media Director for . “With no action in sight, we must take the state to court to protect , beekeepers and our food system.”

“Unless halted, the use of these pesticides threatens not only the very survival of our , but the fate of whole ecosystems. Scientists have consistently documented widespread environmental from neonicotinoids as they build up in our soil and waterways, especially in California. The DPR has a responsibility to step in and say no,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive Director of Center for .

“Bee and other pollinator populations are declining at unprecedented rates,” said Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides. “They cannot afford to be subject to a toxic that fails to consider the full spectrum of cumulative impacts and risks threatening their very existence. The must be stopped.”

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Beyond Pesticides

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