Environment & Energy Report

EU Moves Ahead on Tightening Pesticide Risk Criteria For Bees

Sept. 25, 2019, 4:59 PM

The European Union plans to tighten the criteria it uses to assess how harmful pesticides may be to bees, potentially making it harder for manufacturers to get authorized for some of their products.

The tighter criteria would become mandatory when evaluating how pesticides affect bees in the short-term, under a draft rule the European Parliament’s environment committee discussed Sept. 25.

The new rule will “result in a strengthened risk assessment on acute toxicity for bees,” Klaus Berend, head of the European Commission pesticides unit, told members of the European Parliament environment committee. The European Commission is the EU’s executive...

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