New EPA Guidance for Testing Pesticides Will Reduce Animal Testing

Today, in an open letter to stakeholders the Environmental Protection Agency is announcing progress on its goal to significantly reduce the use of animals in acute effects testing, and is releasing two guidance documents in support of this goal.  Rapid advancements in science and new technologies allow us to evaluate more pesticides across a broader range of potential effects in less time, using fewer animals and reducing costs for everyone.  EPA is adopting alternative approaches to more traditional toxicity testing and using Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) to enhance the quality of its risk assessments and risk management decisions. Continue reading

EPA proposes to protect bees from acutely toxic pesticides

Proposed restrictions will prohibit use where bees are present for commercial pollination

To further support President Obama’s Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing additional restrictions on the use of acutely toxic pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present.

Applications of acutely toxic pesticides would be prohibited when flowers are in bloom when bees are brought to farms for pollination services. While the proposed 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.

EPA will accept public comments on the proposal starting May 29, 2015.

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EPA seeks public comment to framework to prevent corn rootworm resistance

EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed framework intended to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides.  The Agency is open to suggestions for alternative approaches that would achieve this objective. The proposed framework includes requirements on the manufacturers of Bt corn including: Continue reading