Vermont law aims to protect bee populations

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Bees are getting protection from a new Vermont law.

Courtesy: K.P. McFarland

Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation to restrict the use and sale of neonicotinoids, a class of chemicals harmful to bees.

The law aims to decrease the overall use of chemicals in the state by directing the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to register as a "restricted use pesticide" any neonicotinoid pesticide labeled as approved for outdoor use that is distributed, sold or offered for sale in the state.

The measure also includes requirements for outreach and education to both beekeepers and the general public.

A recent study found that more than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating fruits and vegetables across New England are on the decline.