Another Bee Disaster Waiting to Happen

Beyond Pesticides For Release: January 14, 2013

Sulfoxaflor Proposed Pesticide Registration Decision Available for Public Comment 

The EPA is seeking comment on its proposed decision to conditionally register the new active ingredient sulfoxaflor, formulated as a technical product and two end-use products for use in production agriculture. The proposed use sites are barley, bulb vegetables, canola, citrus, cotton, cucurbit vegetables, fruiting vegetables, leafy vegetables, low growing berry, okra, ornamentals (herbaceous and woody), pistachio, pome fruits,  root and tuber vegetables, small fruit vine climbing (except fuzzy kiwifruit), soybean, stone fruit, succulent, edible podded and dry beans, tree nuts, triticale, turfgrass, watercress and wheat.  

The agency finds this decision to be in the public interest because the registration of this pesticide for use on these crops will provide growers with a new pest management tool to kill a broad spectrum of piercing/sucking insects, including species that are difficult to control. For example, the agency granted a Section 18 Emergency Exemption in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana for use of unregistered sulfoxaflor on cotton to control the tarnished plant bug, an insect that has developed resistance to alternative registered pesticides. Sulfoxaflor is also a valuable new tool for managing the development of pesticide resistance. 

The EPA’s proposed decision document and supporting documents will be posted at under EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0889 for a 30-day public comment period.


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TAKE ACTION:  Tell EPA- Submit a Comment

EPA is set to repeat an ecological calamity by registering the new pesticide sulfoxaflor, knowing that the chemical is highly toxic to bees, and without sufficient evidence of its safety. Tell EPA not to allow the decline of more pollinators, and withdraw sulfoxaflor’s registration.