|ANTIFREEZE BITTERING ACT|
|This Act, currently pending in both the U.S. Senate and House (S. 1110/H.R. 2567), would require engine coolant and antifreeze manufacturers to include a bittering agent in antifreeze to make it unpalatable. Antifreeze normally has a sweet taste which attracts animals and children. Thousands of companion animals and wildlife, along with hundreds of children, are poisoned by ethylene glycol antifreeze every year. Most ingestion comes from road spills and residential radiator draining. There have even been cases of animals being poisoned intentionally by antifreeze.
Denatonium benzoate, a bittering agent used in automotive, household and outdoor products to prevent accidental poisoning, costs only 2 to 3 cents per gallon and could easily be added to antifreeze. This would render antifreeze unpalatable, thus saving the lives of countless animals.
Please contact your U.S. Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor and support this Act. As of now, the only representative from Florida listed as a co-sponsor for H.R. 2567 is Michael Bilirakis. Senator Mel Martinez is a co-sponsoring S. 1110. Please urge Senator Bill Nelson to co-sponsor this legislation.