Visit www.FightEPA.com to submit your comments to the EPA. The deadline to submit comments is October 4.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its ecological risk assessment on the pesticide atrazine. The assessment is over 1,110 pages in length and presents the ecological risks posed by the use of the herbicide atrazine.
The document appeared to be identical to the report that was "unintentionally" released on EPA's website last month. The EPA has ignored its own Scientific Advisory Panels and used data that is clearly false. It will require a tremendous response from the agricultural community to keep atrazine on the market with effective use rates on the label.
Atrazine is widely used crop management tool proven to combat the spread of resistant weeds, while also reducing soil erosion and improving wildlife habitats. When farmers have access to atrazine, they do not have to do as much tilling, or turning up of the soil - a practice that erodes soil and leads to water and nutrient loss. Studies suggest farming without atrazine could cost corn farmers up to $59 per acre.
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