FREDERIC, Wis., May 9, 2012 — The battle of the bees and the deadly insecticides killing them en mass has taken a first step in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency for negligence in not protecting the bees.

The Washington Times Communities is the first to bring you news about this approaching lawsuit. Buzz on Bees has obtained an exclusive copy of the “Emergency Petition” filed with the EPA, demanding the agency comply with federal law and Congress to protect bees from lethal pesticides.

The 64-page petition is a “first step” in resolving the use of deadly pesticides in agriculture, which is killing bees. If this step fails, a lawsuit may ensue against the EPA, said Steve Ellis, secretary of the National Honey Bee Advisory Board and one of the petitioners.

The lawyer representing the case says he hopes litigation is not needed, said Peter Jenkins, with the Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment. He said the EPA has 90 days to respond. If they refuse to comply, he may also take it to Congress and the president.

The Petition alleges the EPA is in violation of federal law by allowing the continued “sale and use of clothianidin, a neonicotinoid pesticide.”

This pesticide, and other neonicotinoids, is used across the country to control insect damage to crops, like corn used for human food, livestock feed and ethanol.

Bees May Soon Be Missing From Gardens Too

Most states grow corn, “reaching a near-record 92 million acres in 2011 (the size of Germany)” states the Petition. However, this problem is not restricted to agri-business. Everyday gardeners will find many of these lethal chemicals in their vegetable and flower pesticide sprays.

And innocently working all these poisoned areas are the busy, pollinating honeybees. The March 20, 2012 petition says when exposed to neonicotinoid “toxic chemicals” the bees soon after suffer “massive die-offs.”

A major loss of bees would be an economic catastrophe. And experts say that’s where we’re headed.

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