Today 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 assessment documents are live on EPA's website however, it has not yet been published in the Federal Register. Publication is expected to take place early next week and will begin the 60 day comment period on the report.
Today's document appears to be identical to the report that was "unintentionally" released on EPA's website last month. The EPA has ignored it's 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 a safe and effective crop management tool for farmers," said Laura Knoth, KyCorn Executive Director. "We urge everyone involved and affected by this review to voice your opinion. Send comments to the EPA during the comment period about the effect the loss of atrazine as an economical and effective weed control product has on you and the agricultural community."
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