What's atrazine doing when it reaches our water?
October 14, 2009
The EPA is launching a "comprehensive new evaluation"
of the effects that atrazine has on human health. Atrazine
is a widely-used herbicide used to protect crops like corn (the biggest cash crop in Iowa and Nebraska). Syngenta, which manufactures atrazine, says that atrazine exposure meets extremely conservative standards
in the United States, but the EPA is initiating the review to determine if previous studies have missed connections between atrazine and health effects like cancer and birth defects
. The plan for the review will be issued in early November
, and is supposed to be completed by next year.
We pay close attention to issues that may affect municipal drinking water supplies
in Iowa and Nebraska, including reviews of water quality and health risks. Please feel free to contact us
with your questions.
last revised October 2009