Volume 91 Issue 18 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 6, 2013 | Web Date: May 2, 2013

Europe Bans Three Neonicotinoids

Regulation: Chemicals linked to disastrous honeybee population declines cannot be used for at least two years, European Commission says
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: bees, pesticides, neonicotinoid

The European Commission (EC) plans to move ahead with a two-year ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides. The move came after member states failed to reach a majority for or against the ban during an appeals committee vote on April 29. The restrictions will go into effect in December.

The decision to ban the three chemicals—clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam—was prompted by a study by the European Food Safety Authority that associated the pesticides with numerous risks . . .

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