Although the EPA rejected Ohio’s propoxur plea in June, the agency has scheduled an Aug. 18 meeting with state and municipal leaders to try to formulate an abatement strategy everyone can live with. Among the meeting’s participants: representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, no joke, the Department of Defense.
We are hopeful that the outcome of this meeting provides a solution,’ says Ohio agriculture secretary Robert Boggs. “Quite frankly, something needs to happen, and it needs to happen quickly.”
The Department of Defense?!?
I can’t wait to hear more about this summit.
Update (8/20): no real news, but Ohio officials were able to express themselves to the federal agencies, and this is important.
Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Jennifer House said Wednesday’s meeting was designed to give federal officials perspective on Ohio’s problem with six-legged bloodsuckers, while letting local groups know what resources may become available.