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Fischer begins: "An American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) member is defying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose dangers to children and the ecosystem. ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an 'acceptable risk' that does not justify government intervention in the market."

ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an 'acceptable risk', 12/07/11. (photo: matthieu-aubry/flickr)
ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an 'acceptable risk', 12/07/11. (photo: matthieu-aubry/flickr)

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+9 # Tippitc 2011-12-07 18:03
There is absolutely no limit to what big companies will do for a buck - god help us!! How many children being poisoned is too many?!

Again, I ask big business/banks what does feel like to SELL YOUR SOUL??????
+5 # Activista 2011-12-07 23:27
OWLS are out - rats are in - D-Con is making profit/killing.
the rat population increased after the "people" started to use the new d-con rodent "poison" against Norwegian rat Rattus norvegicus that also killed barn owls around my house. One nest of owls consume(d) up to 1000 rats per year. People are completely brainwashed by the poison industry - decision makers with zero environmental knowledge - just PROFIT. Owls are gone - rats are in. These "engineering" solutions do create more issues that solve. Our city management is illiterate - some degree in political science.
+4 # Ken Hall 2011-12-08 06:56
Welcome to corporate America, where everything is an expendable commodity to be used and cast aside. And thank your local conservatives for bringing us to this loathsome place. After thirty years of "free market" economics and "trickle down" taxation, the US isn't a functioning democracy.
-12 # MidwestTom 2011-12-08 08:52
Where does government intervention stop? I am sure more children drown each year die from eating rat poison, so maybe we should close all swimming pools.. Parents are responsible for raising and protecting their children. I am certain that more children die on car crashes than from eating any kind of poison, so maybe we should make it illegal for children to ride in anything but a bus.
+6 # mwd870 2011-12-08 09:36
This is a really odd comment. I use the loose pellets too, since last year when I found evidence of mice in places I really don't want them.

I'm not sure that is the salient point in this article. If it is proven to be a risk to children, it should be modified/ improved to help prevent poisoning.

Second, the organization ALEC, which is purportedly not a lobby, meets in secret with Congressional members on a regular basis. They are supposedly non-partisan. These days there is no such thing as non-partisan, and this organization does in fact give money to Congress. Could this have anything to do with the recalcitrance of the EPA?

This is just another example of corporations with money influencing lawmakers. Why don't they use the money for legal purposes, such as making their products safer?

(See the ALEC Exposed link at the top right.)
+3 # Activista 2011-12-08 12:53
" I use the loose pellets too, since last year"
the rats/mice spread the poison over your house - the worst place is attic - you (your family) will live with this poison in the walls.
My neighbor had to kill (control) the moles - (not kosher in American green lawn?) and spread the poison - killed blue jays also - found dead one that week in my yard.
We must start campaign to STOP D-Con/pesticide s/herbicides. Only nature without "human engineering" can restore the balance.
+3 # Activista 2011-12-08 10:26
Tom - thank you for contribution and "politician" demagogue "logic" - using Rumsfeld logic - war is O.K. -= more Americans die in car "more children die on car crashes" than in war.
-4 # mwd870 2011-12-08 09:05
The EPA policy-makers/r egulators are out of their minds.

When I saw the title of this article, I thought it might be some ridiculous stunt on yet another inane reality show. I guess you could say it is a reality show, but it needs to be cancelled now.
+5 # Activista 2011-12-08 12:21
90% + human cancer are due man made poisons/chemica ls - wish you well.
+2 # mwd870 2011-12-09 04:44
I don't think I communicated my thoughts very well. My reaction was to the idea that "Kids Eating Rat Poison is an Acceptable Risk," because it absolutely is not. The reality show that should be cancelled is the collusion between ALEC and lawmakers.

In fact, I share your view on man made poisons/chemica ls, especially the effects on pesticides, etc., on rivers, lakes, and ground water. So, I guess using the pellets to get rid of the mice was not the smartest idea.

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