Chicago,Illinois (WiredPRNews.com) — An act by the Environmental Protection Agency has been praised by the Ecological and conservation groups which includes putting bans on the use of rat poisons to eliminate risks of accidental contact with children.
The Environmental Protection Agency has now ordered that rat poison can be consumed in large quantities by only specialized rodent control employees, farmers and livestock owners. Michael Fry, the director of conservation advocacy for the American Bird Conservancy has also praise this move by saying that they are very happy that EPA has done its best that it could have to get these products off the shelves to keep away from the reach from the consumers. He also adds further that by putting these prohibitions in place, the EPA is allowing a kind of agreement to be made between themselves and associations who have been trying to find a solution for this problem for a long time.
Steven Bradbury, director of the agency’s Division of Special Review and Re-registration, said, “We determined that the dye wasn’t effective in keeping children from being accidentally exposed and the bittering agent actually resulted in a loss of efficiency in controlling rodents.”
The agreements that are put in place will now make it mandatory that rat poisons be only used and kept in bait stations above the ground and in special kind of containers that are able to meet the EPA standards. The new kind of standards make it mandatory that loose rat baits like pellets and the other kinds of hazardous types of pesticides which are also known as “second-generation anticoagulants” will only be sold for a commercial use and will be no longer be available for personal use.
According to CNN.com, “After June 4, rat poison manufacturers will have 90 days to comply with the EPA’s guidelines. They will then have the opportunity to design new bait stations and formulas for their poisons.”
Wired Health Reporter