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EPA Proposes To Declare A Prion As A Pest Under FIFRA

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posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:56 PM

EPA Proposes To Declare A Prion As A Pest Under FIFRA

…EPA proposed to declare a prion, i.e., proteinaceous infectious particle, a 'pest' under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and to amend its regulations to include expressly prion within the regulatory definition of pest. …EPA currently considers a prion to be a pest under FIFRA, so a product intended to reduce the infectivity of any prion on inanimate surfaces (i.e., a prion-related product) is considered to be a pesticide and regulated as such. …The proposed rule
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posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:56 PM
Prions are those pesky mis-folded proteins that cause diseases like Mad Cow, and eat your brain and kill you. Prion diseases are incurable and untreatable.

So calling prions "pests" seems a bit …inaccurate. Especially considering CWD is spreading across North America via soil and water. CWD stands for "Chronic Wasting Disease." It's the prion disease that kills deer and elk and is expected to mutate into strains that infect other animals, possibly humans.

Granted, somebody has to oversee products that claim to kill prions (prions can't be killed because they're not alive) and maybe "pesticide" works for agency oversight.

And maybe - defining prions as "pests" will make human experiments in space a whole lot more profitable. For corporate industry, not mere mortals.

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posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 08:27 PM

edit on 14/3/11 by soficrow because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 08:28 PM
Prions are nowhere near as exciting as earthquakes and tsunamis. But they kill - and they cause Alzheimer's, neurological diseases and dementia.

AND - most likely, a variety of different prion strains are behind the Dementia Pandemic.

Prions are not "pests."

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 08:34 PM
Thanks for the info. seems Pest, is really understating the and downplaying these things.


posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 08:48 PM
reply to post by guessing

That's what I'm wondering. ...The best I can come up with is that it opens up human experimentation in space to include prions (just "pests" by definition, for regulatory purposes!)! imho, we're about to shift to a space-based economy, built around asteroid mining (Big Oil) and human experimentation (Big Pharma). ...The cover story / sales pitch is that we'll be building a space platform outside of earth's atmosphere. ...For lots of reasons, health experimentation is a big part of the push - everyone will have to sign releases. The terms of participation are set out in the Human Research Program Program Plan for Space Exploration - a Corporate-Government Partnership.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 09:10 PM
I caught something here alright. Seems the EPA has never regulated prions! (I always though they at least tried.) And the way to start doing that is to define "prion" as a "pest." Soon, prions (hopefully) WILL be removed from things like food, blood, plasma and transplanted tissue. Wotta concept!!!

Pesticides: Regulating Pesticides
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Current as of January 9, 2009

EPA’s Registered Sterilizers, Tuberculocides, and Antimicrobial Products Against Certain Human Public Health Bacteria and Viruses

You may be potentially affected by this action if you apply for or
own pesticide registrations. Potentially affected entities may include,
but are not limited to:

Producers of pesticide products (NAICS code 32532).
Producers of antimicrobial pesticides (NAICS code 32561).
Veterinary testing laboratories (NAICS code 541940).
Medical pathology laboratories (NAICS code 621511).
Taxidermists, independent (NAICS code 711510).
Surgeons (NAICS code 621111).
Dental surgeons (NAICS code 621210).

Mortician services (NAICS code 812210).
Manufacturers of medical tissue devices of human and
animal origin (NAICS code undetermined).
Manufacturers of other human cellular and tissue products
(NAICS code undetermined).
Organ banks, body (NAICS code 621991).
Plasma, blood, merchant wholesalers (NAICS code 424210).

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posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 05:01 PM
So maybe by clasifying them it means they can somehow control them. Is that a good thing? It seems it might be.

posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 04:05 PM

Originally posted by guessing
So maybe by clasifying them it means they can somehow control them. Is that a good thing? It seems it might be.

Yep - looks like that's the plan. ...In case you didn't notice, HIV also is classified as a "pest" for purposes of "control" (like screening blood, plasma etc.). High time to screen for prions I'd say - and I'm curious to see the comments from industry too. ...Good luck catching all the different strains though, and they'd better include more than just the so-called "prion protein" PrPc strain!!!!!

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