NRDC Calls for Atrazine ban

A report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council points to new scientific evidence and updated monitoring as reasons for the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the herbicide atrazine.

A Wall Street Journal editorial points out that since atrazine’s debut in 1959, 10 Administrations have endorsed its use.

In its press release, NRDC buried its call for a ban on atrazine in the second to last paragraph.

“Given the pesticide’s limited economic value, NRDC recommends phasing out the use of atrazine, more effective atrazine monitoring, the adoption of farming techniques that can help minimize the use of atrazine to prevent it from running into waterways,” the NRDC news release stated.

The EPA notes that eliminating atrazine would cost $2 billion annually in lost crop yields and substituting more expensive herbicides.

The American Farm Bureau Federation is committed to ensuring that atrazine continues to be available to farmers. In a Feb. 1 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, AFBF President Bob Stallman urged Jackson to support Farm Bureau’s efforts to insure the availability and use of atrazine.

The EPA in 2006 completed a 12-year review involving 6,000 studies and 80,000 public comments. In re-registering the product, the agency concluded the cumulative risks posed “no harm that would result to the general U.S. population, infant, children or other . . . consumers.” The World Health Organization has found no health concerns.

(Image: Paul L. Nettles)

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