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H.R. 615, The Antifreeze Bittering Act of 2009

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H.R. 615 would amend the Federal Hazardous Substances Act to require engine coolant and antifreeze to contain a bittering agent so as to render it unpalatable.

== Detailed Summary ==

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(Log in to editAntifreeze Bittering Act of 2009 - Requires engine coolant or antifreeze that is manufactured six months after the wikienactment of this Act, and be the firstthat contains more than 10% ethylene glycol, to provideinclude denatonium benzoate at a detailed summaryminimum of 30 parts per million and a maximum of 50 parts per million as a bittering agent so as to render the bill!)coolant or antifreeze unpalatable.

Requires a coolant or antifreeze manufacturer to maintain records of compliance with this Act.

Limits the liability of manufacturers, distributors, recyclers, or sellers of engine coolant or antifreeze who are in compliance with the requirements of this Act for personal and property loss or damage to the environment that results from the inclusion of denatonium benzoate in any coolant or antifreeze.

Declares this Act inapplicable to: (1) the sale of a motor vehicle that contains engine coolant or antifreeze; or (2) wholesale containers of engine coolant or antifreeze containing 55 gallons or more of engine coolant or antifreeze.

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== Status of the Legislation ==

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Latest Major Action: 1/21/2009:1/22/2009: Referred to House committee.subcommittee. Status: Referred to the House CommitteeSubcommittee on EnergyCommerce, Trade and Commerce.Consumer Protection.
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Vickie Sparks

January 25, 2009, 8:13pm (report abuse)

I would like to add my vote

Haley Ham

January 25, 2009, 9:08pm (report abuse)

Antifreeze is sweet and attracts children and animals. It is almost always fatal if ingested - even a tsp. All States should have a bittering law.

www.haleyham.com

Brian Bruce

January 26, 2009, 12:49pm (report abuse)

It's estimated that 10,000 loved PETS are lost each year. Not to mention an estimated 3,400 human poisonings...20% are children under the age of 6. It's immoral that this goes on and we have to fight to make this change. We need to do the right thing.

Tamara Clark

January 26, 2009, 6:45pm (report abuse)

This has to be one of the best things to have happen ever! I'm in!

Nikki Walker

January 26, 2009, 8:11pm (report abuse)

I also had one of my dogs die a very slow and painful death due to this exact thing. Thank you for getting the word out.

Christi Evans

January 26, 2009, 8:14pm (report abuse)

Let's do what's right...we need this law

Marshall Holiday

January 26, 2009, 9:36pm (report abuse)

This is common sense.

john miller

January 27, 2009, 9:03am (report abuse)

yes,,,i have a dog that i love dearly...this needed to happen a long time ago..

g holmes

January 27, 2009, 1:36pm (report abuse)

I refuse to look at labels in the store to see if the antifreeze I'm purchasing already has a bittering agent in it -- Washington, please help? Legislate so that I don't have to read.

LILLIAM DIAZ-BELGODERE

January 27, 2009, 7:52pm (report abuse)

MY NAME IS LILLIAM AND I SUPPORT ANIMALS RIGHTS HERE IN PUERTO RICO AND ALSO U.S. I LOVE VERY MUCH ALL KINDS OF DOGS , AND ANIMALS THANKS BRIAN BECAUSE OF YOU I READ THIS BUT I KNOW ABOUT THIS LONG TIME ,AND NO ONE CARED ABOUT THAT SO IT IS TIME AND IM IN IN THIS, AND ANOTHER CAUSES. GOD BLESS EVERY ONE .

Mike

January 27, 2009, 7:53pm (report abuse)

Unless this is going to somehow help the antifreeze perform its function better, this piece of legislation seems pointless. Don't want your pets or children getting into the antifreeze? Put the antifreeze somewhere that they can't get to it.

Lori Stoneking

January 27, 2009, 8:02pm (report abuse)

This should have happened long ago..kick it in high gear.

Candy

January 27, 2009, 11:42pm (report abuse)

Yes, to add my vote as i know too many animals die from antifreeze, and poison substance, it is too scary!! people has to be aware and have action about it. Better planet. better world!!

danny508

January 28, 2009, 10:04am (report abuse)

Mike says

"Unless this is going to somehow help the antifreeze perform its function better, this piece of legislation seems pointless. Don't want your pets or children getting into the antifreeze? Put the antifreeze somewhere that they can't get to it."

mike, we wouldnt havta worry if ppl like you stopped driving sh*tbox fords that leak everything

Kathy a.k.a Njadb

January 28, 2009, 11:55am (report abuse)

This is an amazing bill! Brian, thank you for bringing this to my attention. My utmost respect and admiration for the time and effort that Haley Ham and others have put forth; bringing this bill to fruition. You have my unfailing support…Thank you for caring!!!

www.myspace.com/njadb

Ann

January 28, 2009, 1:18pm (report abuse)

Mike, Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which is sweet and poisonous. A tsp can kill. PEOPLE have been intentionally poisoned with it. Adding the bitterant would not effect the product. Animals have been intentionally poisoned with it.

Mike Said

"Unless this is going to somehow help the antifreeze perform its function better, this piece of legislation seems pointless. Don't want your pets or children getting into the antifreeze? Put the antifreeze somewhere that they can't get to it."

Teresa Mathias

January 28, 2009, 2:17pm (report abuse)

Why have we not done this already? Sorry, Mike, but unfortunately there are people in the world who use this on purpose. You should open your mind a bit more.

Bruce

January 28, 2009, 5:41pm (report abuse)

This seems to be a lot of benefit for almost no cost. Count me in.

Rita

January 28, 2009, 7:01pm (report abuse)

Mike Said

"Unless this is going to somehow help the antifreeze perform its function better, this piece of legislation seems pointless. Don't want your pets or children getting into the antifreeze? Put the antifreeze somewhere that they can't get to it."

The problem, Mike, is that antifreeze sometimes leaks from parked vehicles. Making it unpalatable for children and animals is worthwhile.

Sherrie Harding

January 28, 2009, 10:28pm (report abuse)

Count me in.

Rob

January 29, 2009, 12:49am (report abuse)

I lost two dogs (AKC White German Shepherd and a German Rott) to anti-freeze poisoning due to someone else's (a neighbor's) negligence. This should have been done by the manufacturers to begin with!!

Kathi Bagley

January 29, 2009, 11:59am (report abuse)

Mike Said

"Unless this is going to somehow help the antifreeze perform its function better, this piece of legislation seems pointless. Don't want your pets or children getting into the antifreeze? Put the antifreeze somewhere that they can't get to it."

First of all... WHO THE HELL IS MIKE??

Thank you Brian for leading me to this bill.. and thank you Haley for being strong...I AM SOOO IN...;)

again?? who's Mike?

Mike

January 29, 2009, 1:59pm (report abuse)

danny508: I drive a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Ann and Teresa: If people and animals have been intentionally poisoned by it, the problem is with the people doing the poisoning, not the poison itself.

Rita: This is a good argument. I still maintain that responsible parenting and pet-ownership would reduce this issue, but I could see where it would be a problem for wildlife.

Kathi: Hi, I'm Mike.

All: My concerns were, and are, merely whether personal responsibility would solve this situation, and whether the benefits justified the costs. If it is truly a high benefit to cost ratio, sounds good to me.

Rachel Riley

January 29, 2009, 4:25pm (report abuse)

Crazy people who have a desire to kill another living being have no personal responsibility. At just 2 cents per gallon, it would be extremely beneficial and cost effective at the same time. Companies that do not dispose of their antifreeze and oils properly risk the chance of the rubbish making its way into our ground water and coming into our homes. Wildlife would suffer from it as well.

Tamara Clark

January 29, 2009, 4:44pm (report abuse)

Mike/anyone who doesnt support this-Someone came onto my fenced in property and poisioned a litter of 12 8 month old kittens and the mother cat a while back and it had nothing to do with my being a responsible person/parent, we cant be with our children or pets 24/7 and even the most reliable babysitter makes mistakes.I threw away the rose colored glasses long ago.

Tiffany

January 29, 2009, 5:26pm (report abuse)

I'm an animal lover, so count me in. If only something could be done about the people who would intentionally poison an innocent animal...but at least we can take away one of their weapons.

Jamie

January 29, 2009, 9:52pm (report abuse)

Mike: The teenager that got this bill going (and it passed in TN as a state law) had a dog that was intentionally poisened and killed by her neighbors. So, it wasn't a case of people irresponsibly leaving things lying around, but a case of people being cruel. People have been intenionally poisened with it as well.

Steven Phipps

January 30, 2009, 1:52am (report abuse)

Haley is one of our heroes here at the Blount County Humane Society. We think her dedication to this issue is inspiring and shows her love for animals. As an Animal Cruelty Investigator I know that antifreeze poisoning is often an intentional act. Unethical people use a poison they can buy at the local auto parts store to kill pets and wildlife. Farmers have been known to use antifreeze to rid their land of Coyotes. The problem is that antifreeze is an indiscriminate killer and many different animals die as a result of these actions. This is a common sense legislation that needs to be passed into law. As an animal protection advocate my vote is for the Antifreeze Bittering Act to pass and become a law. Thank you Haley for championing this cause. We are all behind you. Keep up the good work.

Steven Phipps

President/Founder

Blount County Humane Society

www.blountcountyhumanesociety.org

Dedicated to Helping All God's Creatures!

Karin

January 30, 2009, 8:27am (report abuse)

I support this bill. Haley and her mom worked hard to get this passed in TN. Now let's support them in getting it passed at the Federal level.

David Ham

January 30, 2009, 9:29am (report abuse)

I support this bill, not only because my granddaughter is responsible for a similar bill passing in Tennessee but because it is the right thing to do.

Shirley Harrison

January 30, 2009, 9:42am (report abuse)

This is a very important bill that needs animal lovers' full support. Haley Ham worked to get it passed in TN as a model for the rest of the U.S. She knows firsthand the tragedy of losing pets to antifreeze poisoning!

Becky Ausmus

January 30, 2009, 11:44pm (report abuse)

Thank you Haley for all of your hard work. This definitely is an easy fix to save thousands of animals lives. It seems like the makers of antifreeze would JUST DO IT ALREADY to show a little care/concern to life.

Nancy

February 1, 2009, 7:13pm (report abuse)

Thanks for all your hard work Haley. We need more kids like you.

KAREN

February 1, 2009, 9:38pm (report abuse)

IT IS A SHAME WE HAVE TO GO TO THIS EXTENT TO GET SOMETHING DONE BUT IT IS ALL TO COMMON TO LOSE ANIMALS IN THIS CRUEL AND HORRIFIC WAY. SOMETHING NEEDS TO DONE AS OF YESTARDAY. IT IS URGENT TO DO SOMETHING NOW TO SAVE THE PETS FROM THIS EVER HAPPENING AGAIN. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOW BEFORE IT IS TO LATE. I HAVE A CAT HER NAME IS ASHLEY AND I WOULD BE DEVISTATED IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED TO HER . SO PLEASE DO SOMETHING NOW. AND PLEASE DON'T JUST DO THIS FOR HOUSE PETS DO THIS FOR ALL THE ANMALS ON THE PLANET!!!!

Melissa

February 2, 2009, 2:02pm (report abuse)

This is a very important bill that should be supported. My cat was poisoned, probably just by someone accidentally spilling antifreeze while putting it in their car. He survived, but he was hospitalized for many days & it was very costly.

Deanna

February 2, 2009, 5:39pm (report abuse)

Such a small step that could save so many lives. I've heard so many horror stories. It's beyond time for this step. Thanks for all your hard work Haley, kudos!

Dino Martinez

February 2, 2009, 6:18pm (report abuse)

This is to Mike whom so eloquently states that, if we don't want our children or pets getting into antifreeze then put it away. Perhaps we should tell the cars to stop leaking this substance too!

It's not so easy, mikey, to just put something away, especially something that is added to a vehicle which can either spill or leak!

There is nothing pointless about making a product less dangerous... especially if that product has been proven to be fatal!

Advocate for Saving Dogs

February 4, 2009, 9:38am (report abuse)

Mike: Unfortunatly, we can not depend on individuals being responsible. we have so many crisises with our animals today and mostly because we have relied on the public to be responsible with their pets. There are ALOT of humans lacking basic common sense. Adding the bittering agent will only increase the price by approx: 5 cents. We can not rely on the public to think for themselves these days, and if this will save a child or pets' life, I am all for it!

DeeDee Purcell

February 6, 2009, 8:14pm (report abuse)

How is it POSSIBLE that ANYONE would be AGAINST this bill?! ...I'd like to meet those 11%...!

Melita Morgan

February 15, 2009, 2:55pm (report abuse)

We so need this law.

Changes have to be made and can be made, I urge the law to be passed to make anti-freeze safe.

We owe this to childrena and animals and our own peace of minds to know we have done the right thing to make this world a safer place.

Well done for raising awarness

Melita Morgan

Advocate for killing \'Yotes

March 1, 2009, 10:35am (report abuse)

If you're going to restrict the means by which farmers and homeowners keep their farms/children safe from Coyotes, then they're going to resort to alternative methods. You can't legislate all of them into illegality.

Pamela Way

July 23, 2009, 3:52pm (report abuse)

I just read an article in All Animals about 2 dogs eating antifreeze-laced biscuits (used as a squirrel deterrent - which is bad enough). It's heartbreaking - and frightening to me as a dedicated dog owner - to think that these dogs died through NO FAULT of the owner. This is such a simple thing - why NOT add the bittering agent. Lives of pets AND children could easily be saved. SHAME ON YOU if you vote against this bill.

Pamela Way

July 23, 2009, 3:56pm (report abuse)

edited to add:

It was the dog owners neighbor who put out the laced biscuits. Speculationis that squirrels then carried the biscuits into the next door yard. They could have just as easily been picked up by children.

Joan V

October 4, 2009, 11:37pm (report abuse)

I support adding a bittering agent, but not sure the proposed product is the right one. Antifreeze manufactures want this bill to pass to prevent liability should the product cause environmental damage. I think a better choice is switching to propylene glycol, a much safer product for animals that already has a bad taste and is just as effective.

Jadon

October 21, 2009, 7:44am (report abuse)

Thank you Haley and all others who have given their time and hard work to be a voice for the animals. I just wish more kids and adults as well would get involved. This is such a small change with a huge impact. WELL DONE!!

wgrobin

January 5, 2010, 3:09pm (report abuse)

My adorable 2 yr old cat suddenly died before Christmas. The necropsy shows that it was antifreeze poisoning. She probably got it from a mouse that got into it in the garage and carried it into the house. I'm all for much stronger safeguards, although it's too late to help my beloved cat.

cody bee

January 5, 2010, 9:57pm (report abuse)

It's almost as if there is legalized poison for unwanted creatures. It's such an easy fix. I hope to see this law pass--too many little ones of many species have been poisoned and killed. And Joan V makes a good point, as well. The bittering agent need be the proper one. In fact, perhaps a total overhaul of antifreeze formula is in order. Perhaps!?

Sheryl Rapee-Adams & Christopher Adams

January 6, 2010, 10:04am (report abuse)

No animals should suffer and die because poison tastes good. No people should suffer their animals' losses from antifreeze. We just called our Congressman, who is on the committee reviewing this bill, and urged him to support its movement through committee and successful passage.

DadBob

January 31, 2010, 10:53am (report abuse)

Although this appears to be a no brainer, like most things we see from government regulation, its sad we have to regulate to add this agent when the chemical industry should have done this on their own under a product stewardship responsibility. What is really a tragedy is that USED antifreeze mostly goes down the sewer to create even more exposure to human health and the environment. Our government needs to regulate this issue further by defining it in clear and unmistakable language. Seems like common sense would dictate this. Bitters or not, any chemical, let alone one that is on the TOSCA list should be taken seriously to ensure kids and animals cannot get close to it. Good luck with the legislation.

Peggy A.

February 4, 2010, 6:17pm (report abuse)

Oh my God! So how long does take these people to take action? My son's 5 month old dog is fighting for his life right now because he found a puddle of antifreeze near his house. What if it had been his child finding an open container of it? To not act on this is so immoral! Those against it...are you willing to set a bowl of it out for your pet and watch the treatment and wonder if it will live or die????

Olivia G.

February 28, 2010, 10:35am (report abuse)

I'm so for this...I just lost my Cammy to this poison. Putting her to sleep was the hardest choice we had to make. We couldn't see her suffer like that any more from this poison taking over her body. We truly miss and love you Cam. You have our vote all the way.

PharmGirl

September 19, 2010, 10:09pm (report abuse)

I'm in full support of this bill getting passed. I've been researching the issue for pharmacology and the number of PEOPLE killed with this substance is disturbing. Usually, the people are killed using sweet ethylene glycol laced Gatorade or Jell-O. The bittering agent MUST be added to protect everyone AND their beloved pets.

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