On March 21, 2013, a law suit was filed in Federal District Court against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for its failure to protect pollinators from dangerous pesticides. The coalition, represented by attorneys for the Center for Food Safety (CFS), seeks suspension of the registrations of insecticides that have repeatedly been identified as highly toxic to honey bees, clear causes of major bee kills and significant contributors to the devastating ongoing mortality of bees known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The suit challenges EPA’s ongoing handling of the pesticides as well as the agency’s practice of “conditional registration” and labeling deficiencies.
In this special series called “The Neonicotinoid View”, hosts June Stoyer and special guest co-host, Tom Theobald, talk to environmental lawyer, Peter T. Jenkins who will explain why the law suit was filed. Stay tuned!
Bio: Peter T. Jenkins is an independent attorney consulting for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) on pesticide impacts. For the last year he has worked for CFS on reversing the regulatory failures that have contributed to the current environmental impacts caused by neonicotinoids. Peter has more than 25 years of experience as an advocate, litigator, policy analyst and consultant in a broad range of environmental and consumer law. He has worked for several major non-profit groups in Washington, DC, and formerly worked for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Food and Renewable Resources Program. He is a Member of the DC Bar Association. In addition to a JD from the University of Puget Sound Law School, he has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.