States step up restrictions on pesticides harmful to pollinators

At least a dozen have acted to restrict the use of neonics.
A bee hangs onto a stem of goldenrod as it collects pollen, Friday Sept. 18, 2020 in Havertown, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Vermont and Washington this year became the latest states to crack down on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are harmful to pollinating insects.

At least a dozen have now acted to restrict the use of the class of pesticides also known as neonics. California, Minnesota, Nevada and New York passed laws last year. This year, a similar measure is pending in Massachusetts, while bills introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, and North Carolina failed to advance before those legislatures adjourned.

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