Tell EPA to stop ignoring the atrazine science

Tell EPA to stop ignoring the atrazine science

Six months have passed since EPA’s own Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) reprimanded the agency for lowballing the cancer risks of atrazine, and no action has been taken. We recently called EPA to find out what they are planning to do. Their response? “We hope to update the website soon.”
Really, EPA?» According to the SAP, there is “strong” evidence linking atrazine to thyroid cancer, and “suggestive” evidence linking the chemical to ovarian, hairy-cell leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On breast, prostrate, childhood and a few other cancers, “there is inadequate evidence to determine” whether or not atrazine causes cancer. Looking at this same body of evidence, EPA somehow found that atrazine is “not likely to be carcinogenic.”
Six months of no response other than “we hope to update the website” while millions of Americans – especially Midwesterners – are exposed to atrazine through their drinking water on a daily basis is unacceptable. Please join us in urging EPA to take the current review of atrazine seriously, and to follow the science – wherever it may lead.
Today, PAN released water monitoring results with communities in Illinois from 53 homes across the upper Midwest showing that they daily drink water with atrazine levels averaging five times the level at which health effects like low birth weight and birth defects have been found. These exposures are real and ongoing, and so are the health risks associated with them.
Let’s remind EPA that human health is on the line» Six months after being called out for underestimating the cancer risks of a chemical currently under review for, among other things, the cancer risks it presents, EPA has failed to show any signs that it is planning to respond to the pointed recommendations of it’s own SAP. Six months, no action, and we’re talking about cancer.


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