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Friday, August 5, 2016

COMMENTS NEEDED: EPA Disregards Science in Atrazine Report:

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EPA released its draft ecological risk assessment for atrazine in June 2016. All pesticides sold or distributed in the U.S. must be registered by EPA and re-registered every 15 years. Ecological risk assessments are one step of that registration process. 

In the report, EPA recommends an aquatic life level of concern (LOC) be set at 3.4 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day average. EPA's current LOC for atrazine is 10 ppb; however, scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic life LOC at 25 ppb or greater. In drafting this assessment, EPA discounted several high-quality studies showing atrazine to be safe, relying instead on studies its own Science Advisory Panel deemed "flawed" in 2012. 

EPA is accepting public comments on the ecological assessment through October 4.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is for farmers to submit comments on this issue," said Laura Knoth, KyCorn Executive Director. "Atrazine is one of the safest and most effective crop management tools farmers have and is in almost 100 products at varying levels. It's also one of the most studied pesticides in on the market and more than 50 years' worth of data show it is safe."

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