Saturday, September 19, 2015

How to get neonicotinoids out of the water

"...Center for Food Safety offers eleven policy recommendations, mostly directed to EPA:
  1. Suspend neonicotinoid insecticide registrations due to their unreasonable adverse effects in aquatic ecosystems.
  2. Adopt rigorous national aquatic contamination thresholds to avoid lasting effects on aquatic invertebrates specifically: 0.2 ppb for short-term acute exposures, and 0.035 ppb for long-term chronic exposures.
  3. Eliminate the “Coated Seeds” exemption from pesticide registration requirements.
  4. Stop classifying neonicotinoids as “reduced risk” pesticides and fast-tracking their registrations; also end Conditional Registrations for them.
  5. Use more representative aquatic test species and long-term mesocosm studies for determining biological risks.
  6. Comply with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act in order to protect threatened and endangered aquatic-dependent species and their habitats.
  7. Drastically change neonicotinoid product labels for all uses that foreseeably will impact aquatic ecosystems.
  8. Conduct more systematic research and monitoring on the effects of aquatic contamination, including the human health implications.
  9. Marine protection campaigns should specifically address neonicotinoid contamination.
  10. Apply the Clean Water Act to initiate remedial actions.
  11. Take action at the State and local levels to protect affected waters.
The above is an excerpt from the following linked report:

How to contact our regional Enviromental Protection Agency office:

Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
77 W. Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800-621-8431 (Inside Region 5)
Phone: 312-353-2000 (Outside Region 5)

Neonicotinoid class of insecticides include:











Products containing these neonicotinoid chemicals:

Okay now its YOUR TURN to TAKE ACTION whether its by getting on the phone, writing an email, culling products from your aunt's garage, educating your church group, planting a buffer strip etc.

Thank you

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