Vicky BoydReps. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., have introduced a bill in Congress that would temporarily restrict the use of some pesticides that have been linked to honeybee deaths.
Dubbed the "Save America's Pollinators Act," House Resolution 2692 would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend use of many neonicotinoids for use in seed treatment, soil application or foliar treatment on bee-attractive plants, according to a news release.
Neonicotinoids, a family of synthetic nicotine relatives, include imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, clothianidin, dinotefuran and acetameprid.
The restrictions would have to occur within 180 days of the bill's passage, according to the release.
The bill also would require a review of the chemical class and require the EPA to make new determination about their proper application and safe use.