Fast-acting pesticides need fast-acting rules ...
Published: October 10, 2012 12:44PM
Updated: October 10, 2012 12:44PM
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Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Autumn and Naveen Pammi hold a photo of Rusty Saturday, October 6 2012 in North Salt Lake. The family's golden retriever, Rusty, died suddenly in August as a pest company was spraying a hazardous herbicide at their neighbor's house next door. The incident has prompted the couple to speak up about the dangers of pesticides and support another valley resident's efforts to get Utah to adopt a neighbor notification law

Well. That was quick.

Sunday:

— Should Utahns alert neighbors to pesticide use? — By Judy Fahys | The Salt Lake Tribune

Family sounds alarm after dog dies; official notes notification would be costly.

Tuesday:

— Post a warning: Chemical poisons taken too lightly — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Wednesday:

— Pesticide concerns prompt Utah lawmaker to propose bill — By Judy Fahys | The Salt Lake Tribune

Law would require neighbors to be notified when pesticide is to be sprayed nearby.

... [State Sen. Gene] Davis said Wednesday that he was spurred into action after reading The Salt Lake Tribune’s account of the plight of his neighbor, Elva Jensen, and a family in North Salt Lake whose healthy dog dropped dead immediately after a pest-company worker sprayed a neighbor’s yard.

Of course, an issue brought to light by The Salt Lake Tribune and picked up by a Democrat may be DOA in the Republican-controlled Utah Legislature. We shall see ...