DPNR to Blame for Failing to Regulate Pesticides
From today's Daily News.
I took the title directly from the Daily News, but yes, I agree, title does not match the article content. I would like to know, though, if by no longer offering re-certification, what is the status of those who were certified?
Another example of money supposedly going down the rabbit hole.
The question is what is DPNR doing with 77k allotted for this purpose? It also seems like a small amount to begin. I never took a course since I spent 4 years in college studying this but I do know MANY people in Michigan were unable to pass (70%) the core part of the examination. They charged around $25 per test and you had to pay each time. Then you had to have another specific test in the area in you were specializing in. For example I took tests for turf, for ornamentals, for Right of Way, and aquatics. Each test also had a fee attached and you could either get continuing education credits by attending workshops/seminars for recertification or retake tests every two years.
Nobody is surprised, but the pesticide poisoning story has gone international, and all entities involved will hopefully be thoroughly investigated and that the investigations will be made public.
I'm hoping this incident will force some positive changes in adhering to law, and in enforcing the law. Terminix did not follow the law, and the EPA is asking why. A lot of people have some explaining to do.
Terminix did not follow the law, and the EPA is asking why.
With all due respect I don't believe that even THAT has yet been fully established. There's a lot of hearsay and assumption bouncing around. The reports thus far have been chock full of, "likely", "maybe", "possibly" and "could be".
EPA mandated that WMA close the dump. Federal funds were involved that just went up in smoke to put it lightly.
Here's an interesting read:
Just Google: EPA fines Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
Lots of info.
It has been established by multiple sources that Terminix applied the chemical in a residence, which is a use violation. The unit below tested positive for the chemical. Sea Glass admits Terminix fumigated the residential unit below. EPA has found chemical residue. Methyl bromide doesn't just blow in with the wind.
Thank goodness the medical response team did not wait for a completed investigation before providing treatment. They were the first to suspect methyl bromide poisoning and reacted immediately to save the family. I am still waiting for recognition for the responders and healthcare professionals.
1. It has been established by multiple sources that Terminix applied the chemical in a residence, which is a use violation.
2. The unit below tested positive for the chemical.
3. Sea Glass admits Terminix fumigated the residential unit below.
4. EPA has found chemical residue. Methyl bromide doesn't just blow in with the wind.
5. Thank goodness the medical response team did not wait for a completed investigation before providing treatment. They were the first to suspect methyl bromide poisoning and reacted immediately to save the family.
6. I am still waiting for recognition for the responders and healthcare professionals.
1. Not so, not yet.
2. The unit below and the unit in which the family was staying tested positive for TRACES of methyl bromide.
3. Yes, Terminix treated the unit. Maybe they did use methyl bromide but, again, that has not yet been conclusively proven.
4. Chemical residue, not specifically methyl bromide. TRACES of methyl bromide and whatever else we simply don't yet know.
5. The medical team determined that the family's symptoms were consistent with pesticide poisoning, not specifically methyl bromide poisoning.
6. As are we all without jumping to assumptive conclusions.
So the Gov goes on CNN and confirms Methyl Bromide was used. He seems upset it was also used on his Condo.
So the question now is, what privileged information does the Gov have available so that he knows his place was treated? And more importantly, if there is information on where this chemical was used in the past, why is that information not being made public?
I would doubt first responders would have even considered respirators or even had the right filter. Many pesticides require different filters so without knowing what or if even pesticide they were dealing with would make respirators unlikely. Methyl bromide is "lighter than air" if you will and is usually pumped in under tarps in the field. It quickly rises if not tarped and is a major ozone depleter which is one of the reason for being decertified
Thanks, Alana. That's good news. Wonder if they had masks or other protective gear? There are many lessons in this horrific incident.
They didn't know what the situation was when they were responding to the call so doubt very seriously that they were using any protective gear. It's not common to think pesticide poisoning when called to an emergency in the VI. Luckily, everyone that participated checked out healthy after it was discovered that was the cause.
I don't see where Licensing requires any certification for exterminators. I do remember seeing safety courses offered from time to time in the paper.