Monday, November 15, 2004

Bush's EPA to children:
Here's some rat poison

When companies manufacturing rat poison wanted regulatory relief from the Bush administration, they got it. In 2001 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relaxed rules aimed at controlling risks to children. As a result, in the last year more than 50,000 children age 6 and under have been sickened by the pellets which look like candy. That's three times the previous rate. Now, the Natural Resources Defense Council has filed suit to reinstate the rules, the Los Angeles Times reports. The EPA won't comment on the suit or why it dropped the original rules.

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