"...Center for Food Safety offers eleven policy recommendations, mostly directed to EPA:
Suspend neonicotinoid insecticide registrations due to their
unreasonable adverse effects in aquatic ecosystems.
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
- Eliminate the “Coated Seeds” exemption from pesticide registration requirements.
- Stop classifying neonicotinoids as “reduced risk” pesticides and fast-tracking their registrations; also end Conditional Registrations for them.
- Use more representative aquatic test species and long-term mesocosm studies for determining biological risks.
- Comply with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act in order to protect threatened and endangered aquatic-dependent species and their habitats.
- Drastically change neonicotinoid product labels for all uses that foreseeably will impact aquatic ecosystems.
- Conduct more systematic research and monitoring on the effects of aquatic contamination, including the human health implications.
- Marine protection campaigns should specifically address neonicotinoid contamination.
- Apply the Clean Water Act to initiate remedial actions.
- Take action at the State and local levels to protect affected waters."
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)
Web Site: www.epa.gov/region5
Neonicotinoid class of insecticides include:
Products containing these neonicotinoid chemicals:http://www.prairienursery.com/customer-care/product-information/documents/neoniclist.pdf
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.