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August 25, 2009

Atrazine Herbicide Used on Corn May be Problem in Drinking Water

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) claims that EPA's current monitoring of drinking water misses spikes in herbicide levels.   

NRDC’s New Analysis Reveals Widespread Atrazine Contamination and Inadequate Regulation and Monitoring NRDC analyzed—in combination for the first time—the results of surface water and drinking water monitoring required by the EPA across the Midwestern and Southern United States. NRDC obtained these data from the EPA’s Ecological Watershed Monitoring Program (surface water) and the EPA’s Atrazine Monitoring Program (drinking water) as part of the settlement of litigation brought against the EPA and in response to two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to the agency. Our analysis resulted in seven major findings:

more (links to the report)

Read about the report at the Washington Post

Hat tip: Steven H. Sholk 

August 25, 2009 in Farming, Food and Drink, Scientific studies | Permalink

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Atrazine has received a lot of press lately and more consumers are finally becoming aware of the dangers of it in their drinking water.

The state of Indiana released a statement just this week, encouraging consumers to use "point of use" drinking water filtration systems to protect themselves.

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We can wait for the government to do its part or we can solve the problem ourselves!

Posted by: Trina Boice | Sep 3, 2009 3:11:08 PM

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