Update: On Sept. 19, 2017, the First District California Court of Appeal rejected California's approval of two powerful neonicotinoid insecticides: sold under the trademarks Venom Insecticide and Dinotefuran 20SG. Earthjustice represented Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides in the legal challenge, filed in 2014. (Read more.)
Two years earlier, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded EPA violated federal law when it approved sulfoxaflor without reliable studies regarding the impact the insecticide would have on honeybee colonies. The Court vacated EPA’s approval, meaning that sulfoxaflor may not be used in the U.S. unless, and until, EPA obtains the necessary information regarding impacts to honeybees and re-approves the insecticide in accordance with the law. Earthjustice represented the beekeeping industry writ large in this case. (Read more.)
Related: Attorney Greg Loarie discusses Earthjustice's litigation to get the pesticide sulfoxaflor off the market, due to threats it poses to honeybees.