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Rep. Markey Seeks More Research on Honeybee Deaths

August 23, 2012 | Kara Sissell

Representative Edward Markey (D., MA) has asked EPA to detail what steps the agency has taken to research the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybee deaths, including details regarding gaps in scientific research that must be filled to better assess a potential link between the pesticides and recent declines in the bee population. Markey’s August 22 request to EPA is in response to EPA’s July 17 decision to deny a petition for an emergency suspension of use of the neonicotinoid clothianidin. EPA, at the time, said the agency does not have...

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