EPA is investigating landlords for chicken with rat poison


WASHINGTON DC, DC – A DC landlord is under investigation after efforts to control a growing rat problem may poison our local waterways.

WUSA9 has received more than a dozen complaint forms from tenants to managers of the Mayfair Mansions Apartments on Hayes St. NE. Complaints ranged from mold to maintenance problems, but it was the rat poisoned chicken that caught the environmental protection agency’s attention.

Lisa Earl has lived in the Mayfair Mansions since 2013.

“In the past few years the rat problem had gotten out of hand,” she explained. “Rats build tunnels in bushes, chew through doors, mice chew through walls, but the chicken thing surprised me.”

According to a series of emails communicated by activist group Community Shoulders to WUSA9, the DC Department of Energy and Environment claims the property manager hired a pest control company to dump raw chicken that was contaminated with rat poison. The property manager, Enterprise Residential of Baltimore, did not return our request for comment. The emails further explain that the DC Department of Health fined the landlord multiple times and sent the rodent control team onto the property, but stopped when the poisoned chickens were discovered. WUSA9 has confirmed that the EPA is investigating.

“Accountability is important and I hope this will be sustained because it poses a threat not only to us in the community, but also to those who can feed on the water and animals when it gets through the waterways,” said Earl. “This is not the safest area, but we still have the right to live safely and healthily, and it is almost as if we have been forgotten.”

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