The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking comments on a proposal to adopt mandatory pesticide label restrictions to protect managed bees under contract pollination services from foliar application of pesticides seemed to be acutely toxic to bees on a contact exposure basis.
The label restrictions would prohibit applications of pesticide products that are acutely toxic to bees during bloom when bees are known to be present under contract. The proposed label restrictions will not apply to situations where contracted pollination services are not in use.
Comments must be received on or before June 29.
Comments can be sent directly to EPA. The docket reference number is EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0818.
EPA is also seeking comment on a proposal to rely on efforts made by states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposures through development of locally-based measures, specifically through managed pollinator protection plans.
The Arizona Pest Management Center is developing a coordinated response for the desert southwest on behalf of the Western IPM Center.
Those wishing to comment through the Arizona Pest Management Center and present relevant data can e-mail Al Fournier, IPM Program Manager, or contact him in Maricopa, Ariz. at (520) 374-6240.
A 30-day extension to the June 29 deadline has been requested, but it is not clear at this time if that will be granted.