The restriction would remove the rodenticide called “D-Con” from store shelves in California. Medha Chandra with Pesticide Action Network supports the restrictions.
She says D-Con is sold in colorful pellets that pose a danger to children. Chandra says about 10,000 children annually are accidently poisoned by the products.
“It’s going to end up protecting children in California from accidental exposure to these rodent-controlled product at home," says Chandra. "It will also somewhat reduce the impacts on wildlife.”D-Con and similar rodenticides are not allowed on agricultural lands, but are allowed in and around buildings. The manufacturer of D-Con is fighting the EPA’s safety restrictions in court. Alternatives to rodenticides already exist.
The drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.
A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state’s landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
The state of Nevada will pay $120,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about storm water runoff pollution in Reno.