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Originally posted by fixer1967
I am not buying into the avian flu bit. If it was that then you would have a slow and steady rate of bird dieing. But this is a lot of dead in a very short time frame in a small area. Just like the last mass bird kill. And lest not forget the fish kill on 12-30-10 in about the same area as the first bird kill. I am afraid some is going to try and use this to push the avian flu mess even though I do not believe the two are connected at all.
The Minnesota attorney attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding that the 3M Co. pay to clean up contaminated water in three counties, alleging that the company discharged cancer-causing chemicals in the Mississippi River.
While the lawsuit did not ask for a specific dollar amount, potential damages could run in the tens of millions of dollars.
The state alleges that landfills used by 3M to store perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for decades have leaked into the Mississippi River and drinking water across the east-metro area.
PFCs, which do not occur in nature, accumulate in animals, fish and people and do not decompose. High levels of PFCs are known to cause cancer.
Originally posted by searching4it
I live in arkansas a town over from where it happened and I can tell you that no one I know believes the "fireworks caused trauma to the birds" excuse they are giving. Someone is covering something up somewhere. They still haven't found out what happened with the 20 miles of dead fish in the Ozarks.
The Blackbird Management program will last until mid-March. The blackbirds are baited with a product called DRC 1339. Even though the birds excrete the toxicant before dying, blackbirds should not be eaten during this time. (Source)
DRC-1339 Concentrate is a restricted use pesticide for reducing offending blackbird populations. This pesticide is restricted for use only by USDA employees. The method requires several days of prebaiting to condition birds to the bait, monitor for non- target species, and evaluate safety considerations. Once prebaiting is accomplished, the toxicant may be placed on a variety of bait options, including corn, fat nuggets, rolled barley and rice. The toxicant takes approximately 24 hours to reduce the offending blackbird population. Carcasses are then removed by USDA employees and/or cooperators. (Source)
In 2009, a culling with DRC-1339 received national attention after USDA employees dispensed the poison in Griggstown, New Jersey to kill an estimated 5,000 starlings that plagued feed lots and dairies on local farms. When "it began raining birds" community members became alarmed, unsure whether a toxin or disease was at work. Two property owners in the area reported collecting over 150 birds each from their land. Source