On Wednesday October 15th representatives from the New York Pest Management Association in coordination with NPMA staff and rodenticide manufacturers had a meeting with high-level DEC officials who will be responsible for deciding what action to take regarding the petition to reclassify second generation anticoagulant rodenticides in NY state. SGAR’s could become restricted use or they could ban their use entirely. The industry group effectively explained that the US EPA’s 2008 Risk Mitigation Decision is sufficient to achieve the goals of the petitioners to protect non-target wildlife from exposures to rodenticides. Although we still have no assurance how this issue will be decided those who attended the meeting left with a positive feeling. We still have our fingers crossed. The DEC did inform the group that a decision would be made before the end of October. We would like to give a special thanks to NYPMA past president Jim Skinner, NYPMA Public Affairs Director Gil Bloom and NPMA Staff for taking the time to travel and attend this important meeting.
As more information becomes available from the DEC, including a response to the petition, we will provide you with updates and implications.
Coincidentally, two major news items ran this week supporting our message to retain the use of SGARs to combat rodents in New York rodents. Click the links below to read more:
NYC Rats Are Even Grosser Than You Thought, Study Finds http://abcnews.go.com/Health/nyc-rats-grosser-thought/story?id=26196439
Rats and Their Alarming Bugs http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/science/rats-and-their-alarming-bugs.html?ref=science&_r=0