Beekeepers Sue EPA Over Seed Treatment

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Beekeepers are suing the Environmental Protection Agency. A group of commercial beekeepers, growers, and environmental activists want seeds treated with neonicotinoids to be regulated as a pesticide and the lawsuit says the EPA has not done so under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

The groups allege dust from neonicotinoid coated seeds harms the environment, including honey bees and birds.

The federal government holds a treated article exemption, which excludes seeds being regulated as pesticides. The EPA regulates them as treated seeds as well.

Neonicotinoids have been under scrutiny for the last two years as potentially causing a decline a hurting bee population. In 2014, a meta-analysis of 800 peer-reviewed reports suggested they could be more harmful to pollinators than originally thought.