NRDC Sued to Ban Cancer Causing ‘ Propoxur’ and Wins – Ohio U.S.A Wants ‘Propoxur’ Back on the Shelves – BedBugs

Did you know that Home Owners in the USA Cannot use PROPOXUR for the treatment of BEDBUGS in their own home.

Could this be because of the NRDC Petitioning the EPA including a lawsuit. “Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Consumers from Toxic Pet Products”
(Beyond Pesticides, April 28, 2009) On April 23, 2009, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit, NRDC v. Albertsons, Inc. et al, in California against major pet product retailers and manufacturers for illegally selling pet products containing a known cancer-causing chemical called propoxur without proper warning labels. In new scientific analysis also released the same day, NRDC found high levels of propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP), another carcinogenic neurotoxin common in household pet products, on pet fur after use of ordinary flea collars. NRDC is also petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for the removal of these chemicals from pet products.

NRDC already attempted to sue Lisa P. Jackson once before :

Here is a letter dated June 2, 2010 from LISA P. JACKSON of the EPA explaining why she won’t allow an EMERGENCY [Health Related] EXEMPTION for the use of PROPOXUR.

NRDC Lawsuit Secures Warning Labels for Toxic Flea Collars in California, but Nationwide Ban is Sorely Needed

Miriam Rotkin-Ellman

Posted December 16, 2010 in Health and the Environment

April 16,2011

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives this afternoon unanimously (97-0) approved a resolution sponsored by State Representative Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) dealing with the battle against bed bugs. House Resolution 31 asks Congress to help convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to approve the emergency use of the pesticide Propoxur.

“An emergency exemption for the use of Propoxur to control bed bugs is warranted because of the prevalence of control failures with other existing labeled insecticides in Ohio,” said Rep. Mallory in a speech to his colleagues on the House floor during this afternoon’s debate. “Bed bugs have not developed a resistance to Propoxur, unlike many other marketed insecticides that are now commonly used for urban insect control. Furthermore, Propoxur is cost effective to control bed bugs. Propoxur is already approved for use in agricultural and other non-agricultural settings.”

Pesticides currently approved for use against bedbugs are effective for only a short period of time and allow for the insect populations to rebound quickly. Propoxur is the active ingredient used in flea and tick collars, and experts including Ohio State University entomologist Susan Jones have testified that the chemical is safe for use in homes.

Bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of humans or other warm-blooded animals such as family pets. Health experts report sharp increases in the numbers of these pests recently in both major cities and rural areas. They typically lay their eggs in mattresses, and they proliferate quickly when a colony is established.

Rep. Mallory is a leader in the effort to eliminate the bed bug problem in Ohio, sponsoring legislation and hosting a series of summit meetings on the topic to bring together experts, public health officials and others to find ways to fight the infestations.

“I have been working to get this pesticide approved for several years, and am pleased the Ohio House today agreed that it is the best solution to a serious and growing problem,” said Rep. Mallory. “However, there is still a great deal of work to be done, and we cannot rest until we have the tools and procedures to fight back against these blood sucking parasites.”

HR 31 now goes to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

via Ohio House Passes Rep. Mallory’s Bed Bug Resolution | | Cincinnati Herald.