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tremor
06-11-2002, 07:21 AM
I just recieved this new item from my local Bayer rep & thought I should share it with you all. Atrazine is more of a warm season turfgrass herbicide. But items such as this deserve all of our attention.
I'll apologize right now for the length of this item & to anyone who may have copyrighted material that I may have unknowingly "borrowed".

_____Steve______________________________





Home Top Stories Business Tech Politics World Local Entertainment Sports Op/Ed Science Health Full Coverage U.S. Government - AP AP Congress | AP Group Wants Weedkiller Off Market Mon Jun 3, 5:16 PM ET By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)

- An environmental group asked the government Monday to ban the use of atrazine, a weedkiller commonly sprayed on cornfields and lawns.

The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition asking the EPA to take the chemical off the market, charging its leading manufacturer did not properly disclose that 17 workers had developed prostate cancer (news - web sites). The group also said the chemical had been linked to deformities in frogs.

The petition also asks that the EPA and Justice Department investigate the manufacturer, Swiss-based Syngenta, the world's biggest agribusiness. The company's North American headquarters is in Greensboro, N.C.

The Environmental Protection Agency (news - web sites) has been drafting new rules for the use of atrazine, one of the nation's most widely used pesticides, and is expected to issue any changes by late summer.

After the chemical is sprayed onto crops and grass, it can enter the food chain through rainwater, snow runoff and groundwater. EPA rules permit up to 3 parts per billion of atrazine in drinking water.

The resources council contends new research shows the chemical already banned in France, Germany and Italy is more dangerous than previously thought and is unfit for public use.

"We hope that the agency will look at the new evidence and conclude as we have that atrazine is not safe," said NRDC senior attorney Jon Devine.
The petition maintained that reports from the manufacturer last year on the result of a prostate cancer screening program for employees at its plant in St. Gabriel, La., demonstrate that the weedkiller should be taken off the market.

The group also cited research made public in April from the University of California, Berkeley, that showed as many as 20 percent of male frogs exposed to very low doses of atrazine can develop multiple sex organs or both male and female organs. Many had small, feminized larynxes.

The researchers concluded the effects resulted from atrazine's causing cells to produce the enzyme aromatase, which is present in vertebrates and converts the male hormone testosterone to the female hormone estrogen. It happened from doses as small as 0.1 part per billion.

NRDC also said EPA's risk assessment for atrazine violates the agency's own policy because it relies partly on "an unlawful and unethical experiment in which human volunteers were intentionally exposed to atrazine."

Syngenta spokeswoman Sherry Duvall said NRDC was misusing preliminary data on frogs to draw insupportable and "outrageous" conclusions, needlessly alarming the public with exaggerated claims about the cancer risk and making a "desperate, ill-conceived attempt" to discredit the EPA's review process for pesticides.
"In all cases, Syngenta has been completely forthcoming with information on atrazine to employees and to EPA as it became available," she said. "Farmers have relied on atrazine for 40 years as an effective weed-control tool in corn and for conservation tillage."

___ On the Net: NRDC: http://www.nrdc.org EPA: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/atrazine Syngenta: http://www.syngentacropprotection-us.com/prod/herbicide/atrazine More from > U.S. Government - AP Next Story: Landscape Plan for Pennsylvania Ave Thu Jun 6, 4:42 PM ET - (AP)

MOW ED
06-11-2002, 09:02 AM
"The group also cited research made public in April from the University of California, Berkeley, that showed as many as 20 percent of male frogs exposed to very low doses of atrazine can develop multiple sex organs or both male and female organs. Many had small, feminized larynxes"

So some ground kissers find that 2 out of 10 male frogs ribbit like a sissy and they are out to ban atrazine.

I personally do not have much first hand knowledge of atrazine, except that it is a RUP that I can't use in Wisconsin.

Developing male and female sex organs may be a good thing, we should experiment with the environmental groups. Then at least stupidity can go and f@#^ itself.

Sorry, I know everyone is entitled to an opinion but when you go to slam something you better have better research than that. I have to go now I think the atrazine has killed my lilipad and I am about to fall into the water.