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Ban Frog-castrating Atrazine

Action: Wildlife Conservation

August 15, 2013   Action Alert ID# 112

 

Atrazine is a toxic pesticide that threatens wildlife and people across the country in some horrific ways -- it's found in our water supply and can cause endocrine disruption, birth defects, fertility problems and certain cancers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now taking a serious look at the dangerous effects of atrazine, and we need your help to ban this toxin.

In people, atrazine exposure is likely linked to increased risk of thyroid cancer, reproductive harm and birth defects. Researchers have proven that atrazine chemically castrates and feminizes male frogs at very low concentrations -- lower than the levels allowed by EPA in our water supply. Even phytoplankton, the tiny plants that form the basis of marine food chains, suffer adverse effects when exposed to low levels of this pesticide.

Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide contaminant of ground, surface and drinking water. It is also extremely persistent in the environment -- atrazine is still detectable in France even though its last application occurred 15 years ago.

The unacceptable harms to human health and the environment pushed the European Union to ban atrazine. Now we have a chance to end use of atrazine in the United States.

August 15, 2013   Action Alert ID# 112

 

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