I share this post from a newsletter I receive from Laurel Hopwood at the Sierra Club action commitees.
SAN FRANCISCO—A Federal Court has ruled that the EPA systematically
violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – a key wildlife protection
law – when it approved bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids.
In a case ongoing for the last four years, brought by beekeepers,
wildlife conservation groups, and food safety and consumer advocates,
Judge Maxine Chesney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California held that EPA had unlawfully issued 59 pesticide
registrations between 2007 and 2012 for a wide variety of agricultural,
landscaping and ornamental uses.
Seeds coated with bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides are now used on
more than 150 million acres of U.S. corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops.
“This is a vital victory,” said George Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety
legal director. “The court’s rulilng may bring us one step closer to
preventing another Silent Spring.”
“Water contamination by these insecticides is virtually out of control.
Wild pollinators and wetland-dependent birds are in danger,” said CFS
attorney Peter Jenkins.
The case is Ellis v. Housenger.
The plaintiffs are SIERRA CLUB, beekeepers Steve Ellis, Tom Theobald,
Jim Doan, and Bill Rhodes; Center for Food Safety (CFS); Beyond
Pesticides; and Center for Environmental Health. They are represented by
CFS’s legal team.
Laurel Hopwood writes:
Here is the work done by Sierra Club’s Genetic Engineering Action Team
on this issue: