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The label that was meant to please everyone, but still kills bees

Jan 03, 2014 10:05 am | Michele Colopy

            The “exceptions” allow for honey bees and native pollinators to now be legally killed.

                                           all BKPRS got was a lousy t shirt

  Label will be “harmonized” across all chemistries.

New EPA label for neonics is LIMITED

  • 48 hour notification to move colonies of honeybees . . . To where?
  • Native pollinators are sacrificed
  • Bee picture does not imply the product “harms bees”
  • Conditional “exceptions” allow for legal misuse
  • Only for neonicotinoid pesticides initially: imidacloprid, clothianidin, thaimethoxam, dinotefuran, acetamiprid, thiacloprid
  • Neonics are systemics- foliar application may do no harm today, but the neonic filled nectar and pollen set up a pre-lethal situation
  • This label language will now be “harmonized” across ALL chemistries

                                                             epa label bee

          This bee picture is meant to tell the label reader this product is harmful to bees.

The label implies mitigation measures to protect pollinators, but then there are five “exceptions” to the mandatory language.  “Do not apply” is negated by “unless the following condition is met.”

The new label language to be “harmonized” across all chemistries:

For crops under contracted pollination services 

Do not apply this product while bees are foraging. Do not apply this product until flowering is complete and all petals have fallen unless the following condition has been met.

            If an application must be made when managed bees are at the treatment site, the beekeeper providing the pollination services must be notified no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that the bees can be removed, covered, or otherwise protected prior to spraying.”

Who decides when treatment is needed?

What are the criteria for needed treatment?

What constitutes notifying the beekeeper? 

What about residual toxicity?

“The conditions” that will allow your bees to be exposed to toxic pesticides anyway:

1.The application is made to the target site after sunset.

2. The application is made to the target site when temperatures are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.The application is made in accordance with a government-initiated public health response.

4. The application is made in accordance with an active state-administered apiary registry program where beekeepers are notified no less than 48-hours prior to the time of the planned application so that the bees can be removed, covered or otherwise protected prior to spraying.

5. The application is made due to an imminent threat of significant crop loss, and a documented determination consistent with an IPM plan or predetermined economic threshold is met.  Every effort should be made to notify beekeepers no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that the bees can be removed, covered or otherwise protected prior to spraying.

Just ONE of these five conditions has to be met, for your bees to be legally sprayed and killed! 

If you are forced to move your bees out of harm’s way . . .What is the cost to you? Where is it safe to move your bees?  Why is it OK to sacrifice native bees?

Does your State have a “state-administered apiary registry program?”  State registry programs that are in place are often mandatory for the beekeeper, but voluntary for applicators.  A registry of bee yards is not a valid loss mitigation strategy.  A mandatory registry for beekeepers does not protect bees, when it is voluntary for applicators to review the registry prior to applying pesticides.  There is no registry of native pollinator colonies; so they will continue to be sacrificed.

The new pesticide label language allows for honeybees and native pollinators to be legally killed.  The “mandatory language” in the new label can be ignored if one of the five conditions is met.  It is critical that beekeepers understand the new pesticide label language. The labeling issue must be solved now.   EPA registrations run on a 15-plus year cycle, and historically EPA will not make substantive changes during that time. Can your bees suffer more exposure to bee toxic pesticides for another 15 years?  Let us work for you.  Help us protect your bees. 



Pesticide Tolerances: Tebuconazole 

ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0427-0004

DDL to comment Jan. 14, 2014!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0427-0004

In the Federal Register of August 22, 2012 (77 FR 50661) (FRL-9358-9), EPA issued a document pursuant to FFDCA section 408(d)(3), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3), announcing the filing of a pesticide petition (PP 2E8012) by Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W., Princeton, NJ 08540. The petition requested that 40 CFR 180.474 be amended by establishing tolerances for residues of the fungicide tebuconazole, alpha-[2-(4-chlorophenyl)ethyl]-alpha-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-1 H-1,2,4-triazole-1-ethanol, including its metabolites and degradates, in or on barley, grain at 0.3 parts per million (ppm); vegetable, cucurbit group 9 at 0.4 ppm; and vegetable, fruiting group 8-10 at 1.3 ppm. The petition also requested the removal of the established tolerance, in or on vegetable, fruiting, group 8 at 1.3 ppm once the proposed tolerance for vegetable, fruiting group 8-10 at 1.3 ppm, has been established since the proposed new tolerance will supersede the existing tolerance. That document referenced a summary of the petition prepared by Bayer CropScience, the registrant, which is available in the docket, There were no comments received in response to the notice of filing.

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