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Court denies beekeeper effort to restrict neonic-treated seeds

A federal court has rejected a bid by beekeepers and environmentalists to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup dismissed the complaint on Monday (Nov. 22), concluding the plaintiffs were unpersuasive in their claims that EPA should regulate treated seeds as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).


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