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6th grader submits antifreeze law to Legislature

February 13, 2012

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— A Kansas 6th grader is honoring the memory of his dog by asking the Kansas Legislature to regulate antifreeze.

Aaron Coash of Wichita says his dog, Nikko, died in January after wandering from home and at some point drinking anti-freeze.

KAKE-TV reports that Nikko is one of about 10,000 animals and 1,400 children who die each year from poisoning from anti-freeze, which smells and tastes sweet.

Coash and the Humane Society of the United States wrote a bill that asked the state Legislature to require manufacturers to put a bittering agent into antifreeze. The chemical would make it less likely that anyone would accidentally drink antifreeze.

The bill was submitted Friday, and Coash is now waiting to hear back from state senators.

Comments

classclown 2 years, 2 months ago

Is antifreeze the new catch word for global warming? As in, "Due to the antifreeze taking place, this is the warmest winter on record."?

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Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

It works great on feral cats, squirrels and skunks too.

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labmonkey 2 years, 2 months ago

I commend the sixth grader for doing something, but I get leery whenever I see the HSUS mentioned and start wondering what else is hidden in the bill.

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Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

Good going Aaron! You look to have a bright future, if you have accomplished this already. I a m sorry for the loss of your dog.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

Gandalf: Still does not solve the problem of long-term toxicity of ethylene glycol (major component of most anti-freeze products) entering the aquatic ecosystem (where "taste" is not an issue) due to runnoff! Just putting a band-aid on a problem!

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Gandalf 2 years, 2 months ago

Heck, I think it is a brilliant idea. What is wrong with turning the taste bitter? They use the same technique with marine paint to discourage barnicles. Probably wouldn't even cost much either.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

Not just a dog problem, but wildlife suffer greatly as well! Good suggestion by 6th grader, but why not replace the ethylene glycol based product with propylene glycol! Proplylene glycol has almost no toxicity, is easy to produce, has no impact on the environment from accidental (or illegal dumping issues) releases as does ethylene glycol.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 2 months ago

Not just a dog problem, but wildlife suffer greatly as well! Good suggestion by 6th grader, but why not replace the ethylene glycol based product with propylene glycol! Proplylene glycol has almost no toxicity, is easy to produce, has no impact on the environment from accidental (or illegal dumping issues) releases as does ethylene glycol.

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gr 2 years, 2 months ago

Ban dogs! Problem solved.

Ban everything.
Regulate everything.
Tax everything.

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Matthew Herbert 2 years, 2 months ago

I saw an episode of Forensic Files where a man killed his wife this way - apparently, antifreeze doesn't show up in autopsy reports for some reason (I can't remember why) and when mixed in low dosages, the person consuming it can't notice it's even there.

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John Kyle 2 years, 2 months ago

How could a child submit a 'law' to the Legislature? I remember my Schoolhouse Rock- it has to be a bill before it becomes a law.

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verity 2 years, 2 months ago

This was on the local Wichita news last night---it was reported that it would add 2 cents to every dollar that antifreeze cost. Seems worth the price.

As for letting kids and dogs wander---not every principality has leash laws (rural areas, for example, of which there are many in Kansas) and kids and dogs do escape and wander about no matter how hard you try.

Whether you agree with this law or not, this young man is taking his ability to participate in government seriously. Hopefully he will become an informed voter and a responsible adult.

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gccs14r 2 years, 2 months ago

The antifreeze manufacturers aren't going to make a special blend just for Kansas. What will happen is that it will be impossible to buy antifreeze here and we'll have to bootleg it from Missouri. It'd take a big state such as CA, TX, or NY enacting it to get the manufacturers to notice and do something.

Chances are good that someone put the antifreeze out to off the dog on purpose.

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kseagle 2 years, 2 months ago

The boy and his family need to be fined for not keeping their dog on a leash. We have a law already on the books for this entire issue. Your pet is roaming free, then you are at fault and should be ticketed. Enforce the current laws instead of creating more.

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theriddler 2 years, 2 months ago

I bet his parents gave the kid the bright idea.

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Matthew Herbert 2 years, 2 months ago

how about congratulating a 12 year old kid for having more democratic process involvement than most people achieve in their lifetime. Pessimists, all of you.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

Valid points from vertigo & solomon but accidents happen & the bittering agent seems like a good idea.

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ignatius_j_reilly 2 years, 2 months ago

Considering the amount of chemicals that make their way into Kansas soil -- and then Kansas aquifers and water sources -- I think regulation of any and every chemical isn't a bad idea. Antifreeze, in particular, is widespread and commonly used -- maybe an ounce of prevention could go a long way here.

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Eybea Opiner 2 years, 2 months ago

How about not letting your dog roam? Your kids, too, for that matter.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm not coming down on a 6th grader for working with the system to right what he sees as something being wrong... but how about putting the antifreeze in an area dogs and children can't get to?

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