Comment Now-Oxalic Acid Registration for Varroa Treatment

Pollinatory Stewardship Council   By Michele Colopy  February 28, 2015

Tennessee State Beekeepers aptly stated in their June 2006 issue of The Antennae 
(http://www.docstoc.com/docs/48358290/Tennessee-Hobbyist-Beekeepers-Association ), “It’s anybody’s guess when oxalic acid will see registration in the USA.  Most likely years, but it will happen.”

Tennessee State Beekeepers predicted it: it has been years, but the U.S. registration of oxalic acid for treating Varroa mites on honey bees is here.

Oxalic Acid has been used in the UK for about ten years; in Europe it has been used for at least 20 years.  It is highly effective; kills varroa by dessicating the mouthparts, and only affects honey bees in a very minor way.  In the UK a beekeeper stated there are three methods of applying oxalic acid:
•    Vaporization  (rarely if ever used these days - too technical, expensive and “fiddly” - hot metals and electricity involved)
•    Spraying  (rarely used - danger of breathing in spray or contaminating eyes)
•    Trickling.   This is the standard method - easy, cheap, no heat or electrics needed, no masks, no eye protection.   With trickling, you simply trickle an oxalic acid/ sugar solution into each “seam” of bees.

For a US beekeeper’s input on using oxalic acid go to Scientific Beekeeping  . . .
http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-questions-answers-and-more-questions-part-1-of-2-parts/  and http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-heat-vaporization-and-other-methods-part-2-of-2-parts/  

Approval of the application for the registration of oxalic acid use would give U.S. beekeepers another tool in their fight against Varroa.  It is however, not a remedy which will be utilized by all beekeepers.  Beekeepers know what is best for their honey bees.  A reduction of Varroa mite population is the key to healthy honey bees.  The beekeeper’s voice is the most important one here: make yourself heard. 

Your comments must be received by the EPA by March 6th 

Applications for new active ingredients (Other products are part of this application for “new active ingredients:” the link to the docket is below.)
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0001

Make the beekeeper’s voice heard.  Send your comment today.

The process is fairly simple and we have drafted a letter for you:
1.    Copy the text of the Letter Re Oxalic Acid
2.    Select the link to the Docket at Regulations.gov (Below)

Applications for new active ingredients (Other products are part of this application for “new active ingredients:” the link to the docket is below.)
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0001

3.    Select the COMMENT NOW button on the right side of your screen   
4.    Paste the letter into the Comment box
5.    Add your own comments
6.    and follow the prompts to submit your comments at Regulations.gov
7.    your comment will appear within 24 hours in the docket.  

Thank you!

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