Environment & Energy Report

California Loses Bee-Harming Pesticide Court Battle

Sept. 20, 2017, 7:25 PMUpdated: Sept. 20, 2017, 9:50 PM

A California appeals court rejected a state agency’s approval of two pesticides, saying the agency broke the state’s environmental review law by not fully assessing the chemicals’ effects on honeybees and other pollinators.

Three judges on the California Court of Appeal, First District, unanimously agreed in a Sept. 19 opinion to return the case to a lower court. The lower court must then order the department to rescind its 2014 approval of the use of Dinotefuran 20SG and Venom insecticides—which are made by Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. and Valent U.S.A. Corp., respectively—on certain crops, including onions and peaches (Pesticide Action Network N. Am. v. California Dep’t of Pesticide Regulation, Cal. Ct. App., 1st Dist., No. A145632, 9/19/17

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