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Korein Tillery: Is Time Running Out for the Manufacturers of the Herbicide Atrazine?
Date:8/24/2009

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent developments toward addressing the harmful health effects of the herbicide Atrazine have attorney and clean water advocate Steve Tillery cautiously optimistic that the country is moving closer toward transparency and accountability for the herbicide's manufacturers.

"Just within the past 48 hours, articles appearing in the New York Times and the Peoria Journal Star have underscored the serious need to closely examine and address the negative impact the herbicide Atrazine is having on our environment and the health of our citizens," said Tillery.

"The public assumes that a governmental entity like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), is acting to protect them and keep them safe. When it comes to Atrazine, the EPA has earned a failing grade," Tillery says. "Current initiatives are a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done," Tillery added.

Tillery is referring to an announcement made earlier this Spring by the U.S. EPA to screen 67 pesticides, including Atrazine - the most commonly used herbicide in the United States, for their potential to damage human reproduction and growth. The announcement moved forward the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, which is currently proceeding on 3 fronts: 1) performing scientific and technical testing needed to validate the endocrine disruptor screens and tests; 2) setting priorities for selecting chemicals for initial screening and testing; and 3) developing the policies and procedures the Agency will use to require testing. By U.S. EPA's working definition, endocrine disruptors "interfere with synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for the maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism), reproduction, development and/or behavior." Tillery points to countless studies which have demons
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