Tell the EPA...YES AGAIN...to Ban Atrazine

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Originally Posted: 8 November 2011

Tell the EPA...YES AGAIN...to Ban Atrazine

[Ed Note: Also read: Why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Should Place an Immediate Ban on the Use and Production of Atrazine. See previous action alert: Atrazine - Let's Get It Banned. For more about the wonders of frogs: The Wild World of Frogs: A Self-Guided Tour.]

FROM Save the Frogs

ACTION

Tell the EPA to ban Atrazine! Comments are due November 14th, 11:59pm EST, so do not delay. You are welcome to give facts about the harm Atrazine causes to wildlife and humans, but most importantly, speak from the heart!

Sign an online petition:
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6000/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2834

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
jackson.lisap@epa.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Because of the pressure we have put on them over the last 18 months -- including the submission of over 10,000 petition signatures -- the US Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting public comments on a potential federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, one of the most heavily used pesticides in the USA.

I urge you to place an immediate federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, a heavily used herbicide and a known endocrine-disruptor that is already banned in the European Union. The EPA’s mission to protect human and environmental health will not be fulfilled so long as Atrazine continues o contaminate our land and water.

Numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications from laboratories around the world have demonstrated that Atrazine is extremely harmful to environmental and public health. Atrazine is particularly harmful to amphibians, many of which spend a portion or all of their lives in water.

Gravity inevitably brings the 2 billion pounds of pesticides that get sprayed on American crops each year directly to the water bodies where amphibians live and breed. Amphibians have permeable skin that readily absorbs these pollutants. Atrazine has been shown to cause immunosuppression, hermaphroditism and even complete sex reversal in male frogs at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. As humans and frogs share half their DNA, it is unfathomable to think that Atrazine is harmless to humans or the other species with whom we inhabit this planet. The vast majority of Americans are exposed to Atrazine via drinking water, ground water, rainfall and our food supply, so it is not surprising that Atrazine has indeed been linked to increased cancer rates in human communities surrounding heavy Atrazine usage.

In the interest of public and environmental health and to create a healthy planet, I urge you to take advantage of your privileged role in government and do what is best for the environment and the people of the United States of America.


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