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On Wednesday, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a crack down on the use of phosphine fumigants near residences, nursing homes, school buildings, hospitals or day care centers.

The EPA says that these pesticides can now only be used to kill rodents in agricultural areas, orchards, golf courses, cemeteries and other outdoor areas where people don't live. This hails from the recent deaths of four-year-old Rebecca Toone and her 15-month-old sister, Rachel. Both girls died in February after an exterminator treated their yard in Layton with poison-laced pellets used to kill rodents. Investigators think that toxic phosphine gas from the pellets got into the girl's home and made them sick; eventually causing their death.

The funny part is that the EPA said they had planned to review these exact pesticides in the coming years but that the girl's deaths kicked them into priority mode. EPA rules used to state that these fumigants couldn't be used with 15 feet of a building that might be occupied by people. Now the new buffer zone is 100 feet.

Of course, a real ban might be more useful. 100 feet isn't all that much and anytime you walk though pesticides such as these there's a chance you'll bring them into your home, place of work and so on.