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Breathe Easier: Anti-Anthrax Product Approved

By Ed O'Keefe

A new anthrax pesticide may help avoid scenes like this one in the future.

This should make federal employees breathe easier: the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first license for a pesticide product that can decontaminate buildings, vehicles and other dry nonporous surfaces from anthrax.

The pesticide was developed by Missouri-based Clean Earth Technologies, which now has permission to sell the product to federal, state and local emergency response teams, the military and other groups or people trained on how to use the product for emergency use only.

The approval gives emergency responders a fresh tool to diminish the power of anthrax as a criminal or terrorist weapon. The EPA's approval follows the Department of Homeland Security's decision earlier this year to dismantle a next-generation biological attack warning system in New York City subways, part of a government plan to install air samplers in more than 30 U.S. cities to detect the release of potential bioweapons including anthrax spores.

The 2001 anthrax attacks targeted offices on Capitol Hill and killed two Postal Service employees.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 1, 2009; 4:17 PM ET
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