EPA Strikes Back At Bee Activists' Pesticide Claims

By Jesse Greenspan (November 13, 2009, 2:50 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has admitted that it failed to timely publish certain notices in the Federal Register, but argued that should not be enough to overturn the approval of spirotetramat, a new pesticide marketed by Bayer CropScience AG that allegedly harms the nation's dwindling honeybee population.

In a motion for partial summary judgment filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the EPA said it had conducted a thorough analysis of spirotetramat in collaboration with agencies in Canada and Austria, and that the pesticide appeared to have a more favorable risk profile than...

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