Help Retire a Persistent Poison
We now have a chance to end use of the toxic pesticide atrazine -- for good. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to ban this widely used weed-killer, which is linked to significant human and wildlife health concerns, including birth defects, fertility problems and certain cancers.
Atrazine has been banned in the European Union since 2004, but 80 million pounds are applied in the United States each year. This dangerous chemical is one of the most widespread contaminants of groundwater, surface water and drinking water nationwide. An abundance of scientific literature on the harmful effects of atrazine has been published by agency and university scientists across the country, including compelling evidence that atrazine chemically castrates male frogs at concentrations 30 times lower than the EPA claims are "safe."
The EPA is accepting public comments for one month. More than 60,000 supporters of the Center and other advocacy groups and 40 prominent scientists have already weighed in supporting a ban. Send your comments to the EPA today.