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Special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have conducted a special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides.In order to conduct this review, the MDA followed a scoping document that solicited input from the public and a number of interested stakeholders. Based on the review, the MDA identified several opportunities for action to minimize the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators.

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At the direction of the Minnesota legislature and the Commissioner of Agriculture (PDF: 213.8 KB / 1 page), the MDA, together with partners at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the University of Minnesota, and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, determined the scope-of-work (the underlying criteria) necessary to conduct a special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides for the State of Minnesota. The draft scoping document was prepared to guide the special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides and to describe the process and criteria that will be used when conducting the review.

The MDA accepted public comments on the draft scoping document until May 2, 2014. At the close of the comment period, the MDA received 444 public comments. The MDA has created two documents to facilitate stakeholder review: Comments that were unique due to their content and comments that employed a common text. The two PDFs are:

Following the posting of the 444 public comments received, the MDA developed responses to all commenters.

Response to individual comments on the draft special registration review neonicotinoid scoping document (PDF: 0.3MB / 17 Pages)

The MDA has modified the draft scoping document in response to public comments received. The final scoping document was then published in the October 27, 2014 edition of the State Register. The final scoping document was used to guide the special registration review of neonciotinoid insecticides.

Scoping Document for Neonicotinoid Special Registration Review (PDF: 256KB / 12 Pages)

Interested parties or groups may direct inquiries about the special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides to the State Department of Agriculture at the following address:

Gregg Regimbal
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2538
Fax: (651) 201-6117
E-mail: gregg.regimbal@state.mn.us

The MDA has created an email list server dedicated to providing you with the latest information on review related topics being researched for the Special Registration Review of Neonicotinoid Use, Registration, and Insect Pollinators Impacts in Minnesota, along with other pollinator related activities the MDA is involved with.

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