The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting public comments on a petition to ban the toxic herbicide atrazine.
directly to EPA's atrazine petition docket by Monday, November 14.
Tell EPA atrazine poses unacceptable risks to humans and wildlife, and the agency should remove this hazardous pesticide from the market immediately.
About 73-78 million pounds of atrazine are used in the U.S. annually, primarily on non-organic corn. It is the most commonly detected herbicide in rivers, streams and wells.
Atrazine washes into surface water, leaches into groundwater, then ends up in our drinking water. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found it in 94 percent of drinking water it tested - more often than any other pesticide.
Studies show atrazine is linked to health effects at levels commonly found in the environment, below EPA's drinking water standards. Atrazine is a potent hormone disruptor strongly associated with birth defects, cancer, sex reversal and hermaphroditism in animals.
EPA's continued allowance of atrazine is perplexing since there are widely available alternatives.
The European Union and other countries across the globe have banned atrazine, and it's time for the United States to follow suit.
Let's tell EPA to ban atrazine! »
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