I am pleased to be able to brief Congressional staff—both the House and Senate side—on the potential for adverse human health harms from neonicotinoid pesticides, or ‘neonics’. NRDC is one of a coalition of environmental groups—including Friends of the Earth (FOE US) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)—supporting two bills that will help address the toxic impact of neonics:
- The Protect Our Refuges Act (H.R. 2854). Led by Rep. Velazquez (D-NY), it prohibits all uses of neonics on protected lands or wildlife refuges.
- Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 1337). Led by Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR), it requires EPA to cancel registrations of neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides, and to track and report on the health of native bee populations.
Read the PEER Story…