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Childrens Environmental Health Listserve: EPA Begins New Scientific Evaluation of Atrazine
November 17, 2009, 9:51 am
Filed under: News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new comprehensive evaluation of the pesticide atrazine to determine its effects on humans. At the end of this process, the agency will decide whether to revise its current risk assessment of the pesticide and whether new restrictions are necessary to better protect public health.
One of the most widely used agricultural pesticides in the U.S., atrazine can be applied before and after planting to control broadleaf and grassy weeds. EPA will evaluate the pesticide’s potential cancer and non-cancer effects on humans. Included in this new evaluation will be the most recent studies on atrazine and its potential association with birth defects, low birth weight, and premature births.
For more information visit:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/atrazine/atrazine_update.htm

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