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Europe Investigates Neonicotinoid Insecticides' Potential Link to Bee Deaths

10:47 AM MDT | April 23, 2012 | Alex Scott

Europe’s ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has opened an investigation into whether the European Commission has taken appropriate measures to combat increased insecticide-related bee mortality. The new investigation follows a complaint from the Austrian Ombudsman Board, alleging that the commission has failed to take scientific evidence into account, which it says favors restricting the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. The EU ombudsman has asked the commission to submit its legal opinion by June 30 of this year. The move comes just weeks after a...

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