Bed bug meeting takes place between EPA, CDC, DoD and Ohio leaders

by nobugsonme on August 19, 2010 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, EPA, government, ohio

TIME has reported that state and municipal leaders from Ohio were to meet with the EPA yesterday (August 18th):

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.

WLWT notes,

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.

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1 Ci Lecto August 19, 2010 at 9:22 am

> The Department of Defense?!?

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest single site employer in the state.

We need a “Manhattan Project” for BB.

2 nobugsonme August 20, 2010 at 2:14 am

Aha, Cilecto. Now I understand!

Update (8/20): no real news, but Ohio officials were able to express themselves to the federal agencies, and this is important.

WLWT notes,

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.

3 JLGK August 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Department of defense has Dr. Harold Harlan, one of the premier bed bug experts in the country. Additionally, DoD has been on the forefront of IPM implementation and has an excellent program to protect those serving our country from arthropod-borne harm. They also have a wealth of knowledge about insects and many publications!

4 nobugsonme August 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Thanks, JLGK, for your comment. Dr. Harold Harlan, and his presence at such a meeting makes perfect sense. And we’d be lost without the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, Defense Pest Management Information Analysis Center Literature Retrieval System, though, admittedly, it could do with a briefer title! 🙂

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