We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Lawsuit Aimed At Protecting Honeybees


Several environmental groups today filed a lawsuit intended to block the State of California from approving the use of pesticides suspected of killing bees. Paul Towers is with Pesticide Action Network, one of the groups that filed the suit. 

"We took officials to court today," says Towers, "to ensure that they finish an evaluation of the harms of these pesticides and install the necessary protections so that bees are not effected by these pesticides."

The case was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland against the state Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and two companies that make a class of pesticide called neonicotinoids.

DPR did not respond to our request for comment before this story was filed. Some farmers are opposed to a ban on neonicotinoids and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's not convinced a ban would keep bees alive.




Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.