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piaa
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So sad - prayers go out to the family

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/03/23/del-family-poisoned-virgin-islands/70332404/

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2015 11:26 pm
Alana33
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Wow! That's horrendous.
Prayers, indeed for their full recovery from pesticide poisoning.
Wouldn't want to be the fumigation company, Serinusa nor Sea Glass right now.

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Posted : March 23, 2015 11:49 pm
Spartygrad95
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Especially since methyl bromide is not labeled for occupied dwellings. It is a very effective soil sterilant which is being phased out. I have used it in the past but it is dangerous and toxic if misused and if proper safety procedures aren't followed

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Posted : March 23, 2015 11:53 pm
klpmtm
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OMG, That is awful! Prayers to the family!

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Posted : March 24, 2015 4:30 am
speee1dy
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omg, i hope they all survive. how can a substance that is banned in the us still be used here

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Posted : March 24, 2015 10:47 am
Alana33
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There are many substances that should be banned everywhere and are not. Sparty mentioned it is mainly used as a soil sterilant which is being phased out. Great stuff, eh?

That's the kind of toxic stuff we put into our soil and runs off into our waters? Wonderful! (Not)

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Posted : March 24, 2015 11:18 am
Alana33
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Here's a link to info on this product:
http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/haloxyfop-methylparathion/methyl-bromide-ext.html

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Posted : March 24, 2015 12:16 pm
ms411
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Thanks for the link, Alana. Very good info. The chemical was only used in that one villa? Wish we had more details.

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Posted : March 24, 2015 12:44 pm
Spartygrad95
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Message Removed.

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Posted : March 24, 2015 2:17 pm
Spartygrad95
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Acute pesticide poisoning is not good and I hope they all recover. I forgot to add that part

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Posted : March 24, 2015 2:21 pm
ms411
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I can tell you one STT company that did not provide pesticide services to Sirenusa using the restricted chemical. This story really disturbs me after reading articles other posters linked to. Hope to see more details.

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Posted : March 24, 2015 8:17 pm
Alana33
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They should name the company.
Where else might they have used this chemical?

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Posted : March 24, 2015 8:23 pm
StCroixBeachBoy
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I've been following this story since it broke, waiting for a local news source to report. I don't get the papers, but I've not heard the the Daily News or Avis is reporting this. Failure to report gives the impression that they are trying to keep it hush hush. While not surprising, it's disturbing. Four people almost died due to carelessness or disregard for regulation.

The EPA named Terminix as the company who applied the pesticides.

This story is being broadcast in the national media. Here are other reports:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/24/delaware-family-poisoned-caribbean/70379208/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/delaware-family-sickened-in-virgin-islands-pesticide-probed/2015/03/24/40c6a254-d235-11e4-8b1e-274d670aa9c9_story.html

http://6abc.com/news/family-sickened-by-pesticide-at-resort-in-us-virgin-islands/571278/

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Posted : March 24, 2015 11:23 pm
Alana33
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EPA has their CID/criminal investigation division here on island, already and Judith Enk, head of EPA for our region just happens to be on island for a conference and meetings over the last couple of days.

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Posted : March 24, 2015 11:35 pm
wanderer
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It looks like there is no antidote for methyl bromide. Treatment consists of support of respiratory and cardiovascular functions.

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Posted : March 25, 2015 12:42 am
swans
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Material Safety Data Sheet for Methyl Bromide...

http://www.chemtura.com/msd/external/e/result/report.jsp?P_LANGU=E&P_SYS=6&P_SSN=7854&P_REP=00000000000000000002&P_RES=5124

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Posted : March 25, 2015 12:52 am
islandjoan
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BeachBoy: the Avis reported it today. I left the paper at work, so I cannot check the details, but as I recall the information was not as detailed as the information in the linked news stories above.

What a horrible thing! I hope they all recover ok.

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Posted : March 25, 2015 3:05 am
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ms411
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BeachBoy, the incident has been reported in every local news source. Terminix is the reported exterminator. So sad.

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Posted : March 25, 2015 10:34 am
StCroixBeachBoy
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I stand corrected. As of yesterday when I posted I still could not find any local online reporting of the incident. I did later find that VI Consortium posted a story at some point in the day.

Thanks for the link, Rotor. I normally get the Source via RSS but have been having issues with it lately.

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Posted : March 25, 2015 11:29 am
ms411
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This is a good follow up article.

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/03/24/terminix-identified-company-sirenusa-chemical-poisoning

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Posted : March 25, 2015 12:14 pm
OldTart
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Same article as linked earlier today.

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Posted : March 25, 2015 12:25 pm
speee1dy
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heard on the vibe this morning that the chemical might have been used for mold removal

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Posted : March 26, 2015 10:41 am
OldTart
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heard on the vibe this morning that the chemical might have been used for mold removal

A pesticide used for mold removal? According to a Source article, beetles:

http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/03/25/dpnr-methyl-bromide-pesticide-came-puerto-rico

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Posted : March 26, 2015 11:01 am
Alana33
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Specifically, powder beetles.
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7418.html

One has to wonder what happens to all these chemicals once they're banned from use due to the dangers they impose.

From the Source article it looks like the family has quite an impressive
Attorney as their spokesperson. Wouldn't want to be anyone remotely involved in this matter. You know the lawsuits will soon follow.

Hope the family makes a full recovery. It's a tragic event, all around.

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Posted : March 26, 2015 11:29 am
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