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This Day in Georgia History

May 07, 1976

Mirex Use Announced

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced that Georgia would use a controversial pesticide, Mirex, to treat four million acres of Georgia land infested with fire ants. Mirex was thought to be dangerous for wildlife and its founder, Allied Chemicals, had stopped its production a year earlier. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had recently given the state of Mississippi permission to produce and use the product.