. significant reduction in populations of domestic bees or native pollinators,
. significant decreases in honey production,
. serious effects on other agricultural systems as a result of decreases in pollination services or
. a reduction in pollination of wild plants in a way that may alter ecosystems.
EPA is continuing its comprehensive scientific evaluation on all the neonicotinoid pesticides, including clothianidin. This extensive review will determine if any restrictions are necessary to protect people, the environment, or pollinators. Also, in September, EPA will seek independent scientific peer review on how to better assess the risks of pesticides to pollinators. This effort will improve our understanding and strengthen the scientific and regulatory process to protect honey bees and other pollinators.
The EPA's response denying the petition is available at regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov/#!home;tab=search> under docket EPA HQ-OPP-2012-0334 <http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0334;dct=FR%252BPR%252BN%252BO%252BSR> .
A Federal Register notice next week will open a 60-day comment period on the remaining issues in the petition. The EPA will respond to the entirety of the petition at a later date after it has obtained and reviewed any public comments.
In the same Federal Register notice, the EPA will announce the availability of the final work plan for clothianidin’s re-evaluation under Registration Review and its response to comments received during the initial public comment period for the registration review of clothianidin.
*For information about this pesticide and access to the documents being announced see: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/status.htm
**For information about this pesticide and access to the documents being announced see: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/reg_review_status.htm
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