Manufacturer of d-CON rodent poison reaches agreement with EPA

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Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of d-CON rat and mouse poisons, has reportedly agreed to stop selling some its products that contain chemicals the EPA has deemed to be a risk to people, pets or wildlife.

Twelve products are on the list and they will no longer be distributed beyond March 31, 2015.

The EPA has included information – on the linked page above – for people who want to dispose of any of these products they already purchased.

Consumers who wish to dispose of any of the d-CON mouse and rat poison products listed above should contact their state or local waste disposal program or service for information on proper disposal in their community. These pesticides are harmful to the wildlife, so consumers who have opened containers should not discard them outdoors or dispose of them in sinks or toilets.

Consumers can contact their local government for recommendations on how to dispose of unwanted or unused pesticide products.

My wife and I have always been leery of rat and mouse baits/poisons and do not use them for fear of the possible ingestion by our pets.

This case is an important example of how the EPA does protect us. I keep reading about uninformed politicians who want to shut down the EPA. What a look at how we’d live without the EPA? – Just take a look at China and the areas where the air is thick with smog and rivers are toilets.

We need the EPA.

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Animal welfare and the environment – two steps forward, two steps back

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Just where are we as a society in 2013, where animal welfare and environmental issues are concerned? I’m seeing some progress in some areas and a troubling trend of decline in other areas.

I like classic TV shows and movies. My viewing tends to drift to films from the 1930s to the 1970s – or so – and TV from the 60s to 70s and at times more recent stuff. I find it interesting when a reference to protecting air and water appears in a movie or TV episode from say, 1972. Or maybe a primary character is speaking about protections for animals. I was watching a show recently from the early 70s, where a character was distressed about pollution.

Fast forward to 2013 and elected officials in my home state are actually debating about opening the land up to natural gas fracking. And a push is underway to allow for the injection of polluted fracking fluid waste into deep wells in the coastal regions. We have a decades-old ban on injecting pollutants such as this into wells in the state. But now, with powerful entities pushing for it, the state legislature might open the door to full-scale pollution.

We’ve seen the very recent destruction of the Appalachian Mountain Range, by the coal industry. Mountaintops are completely blown up and the material has been dumped into mountain streams below. We would never have even seen that happen in the 1970s.

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Another example of how weak the EPA is

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Some politicians have been calling for a shutdown of the Environmental Protection Agency. Others are at least calling for pull-back of regulations and EPA oversight. These people claim the EPA has been overstepping its bounds and has been holding back economic development.

The facts clearly oppose these notions and today we have another example of how weak the EPA really is.

The Associate Press reports a homeowner in Weatherford, Texas was seeing strange things happening with their water, back in 2010. The EPA seemed to be ready to act with an emergency order. But two years later, the agency dropped the effort and is refusing to explain the reason behind the move.

The Associated Press has obtained a report it says indicates the EPA changed course, despite scientific evidence against the company drilling for natural gas nearby – Range Resources. Under pressure from the industry and politicians, the EPA intentionally fumbled the ball away.

Once again, profit wins over the general welfare of the public and our environment.

On the Environment: BP suspended and Amazon deforestation rate is down

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On the environmental front, there are two areas of good news this week:

The Environmental Protection Agency as announced BP has received a suspension from being issued new contracts with the US government. The Associated Press reports the EPA suspension has arrised due to BP’s “lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response.”

AND – the AP also reports the rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has dropped to the lowest level in the past 24 years. This is really great news, but we should not be pleased until we see the deforestation stop altogether and see that trend continue into into the future.

 

EPA and cosmetic company L’Oreal to collaborate on alternatives to animal testing

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A press conference has been scheduled for Monday (March 12) in San Francisco to announce a research collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and cosmetic giant L’Oreal to develop alternatives to traditional animal-based toxicity tests.

The event is part of the annual Society of Toxicology meeting.

The first animal-welfare organization I officially joined up with was the North Carolina Network for Animals, around 1980, when I was a college student. One of the main topics of discussion at our regular meetings was the horrible produce testing that goes on in the cosmetic industry and other industries.

The testing is horrible, such as toxic chemicals being poured into the eyes of rabbits. There comes a time when the results are known, but the testing continues. It’s sick stuff.

Hopefully, this collaboration is a step in the right direction to end this practice.

AM Pack Line Headlines: Fracking, horse slaughter, factory farming, etc

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ONE – The EPA has released a report stating the polluted groundwater in a Wyoming town is caused by chemicals used in the fracking process, in drilling for natural gas.

From the NBC article – “” Doug Hock, a spokesman for EnCana Corp., which owns rights to the Pavillion-area field, slammed the draft report. “The synthetic chemicals could just have easily come from contamination when the EPA did their sampling, or from how they constructed their monitoring wells.” “”

That’s good enough for a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla) also earns the award for being more concerned with the gas companies than the health of the people who live in the area. He claims the report is premature and not based on sound science. He calls it part of “Obama’s war on fossil fuels,” forgetting that Obama has opened up new areas for oil drilling, which puts more wildlife at risk. Not really a position taken by someone looking for a war on fossil fuels.

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Tropical Storm Lee confirms BP’s Oil Gusher is far from gone

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Tropical Storm Lee washed ashore tar balls and oil – most likely from the BP Oil Gusher. The mess is showing up on beaches from Florida to Louisiana.

Rocky Kistner of the NRDC reports a resident of Bay St Louis, Miss. tried to present oil samples from the beach to the US Coast Guard at a meeting in Biloxi, Miss. – but officials refused to take them.

Kistner also quotes a fisherman who indicated crabs have tar on their legs. Shrimp catches are called “dismal” and fisherman are finding dead dolphins.

And then we have this video, posted August 25, 2011 –

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Bachmann completely wrong about the EPA

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I really don’t like stepping into politics here on the Pack Mentality Blog. But if anyone from any area of the political spectrum makes statements that directly step into the realm of animal welfare or environmental protection – I’m certainly not going to ignore it.

I’ve slammed Ken Salazar for targeting wolves – and other boneheaded anti-environmental or anti-animal moves by the Obama administration. Today, it’s presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, who thinks the doors to the Environmental Protection Agency should be locked down.

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The EPA serves a vital role in protecting humans and animals

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The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in 1970, under a proposal from President Richard Nixon. In the past, the EPA has garnered support from all around the political spectrum.

But of late, we’ve seen a handful of politicians suggesting the EPA should lose much of its regulatory bite. At least one has suggested a moratorium on regulations.

These individuals fail to understand the implications of stifling the work of the EPA or dismantling regulations that protect the environment and wildlife habitat. No doubt, as is the case for many governmental agencies, the EPA could probably stand some efficiency improvements. But its regulations, for the most part, are extremely important.

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