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Korein Tillery Takes Herbicide Atrazine Case to the Court of Public Opinion
Date:4/21/2009

luding Atrazine, exceeds $1.6 billion annually. What's disturbing Tillery says, is the American taxpayers in our communities are having to pay in excess of $400 million annually to clean-up contaminated water systems caused by Atrazine according to the Worldwatch Institute. "We have a situation where you have a foreign company who brings their product into this country, makes huge profits, contaminates our water systems, and then leaves us with the responsibility of cleaning-up their mess. That's not right," Tillery said. "Our Maximum Contaminant Level goal for Atrazine in this country should be set at 0," Tillery added.

Although banned in the European Union in 2004 because of its persistent groundwater contamination, Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States with 76 million pounds of it applied each year - predominantly in the Midwest. Recent data illustrates that over 900 water systems throughout the Midwest are contaminated with Atrazine.

Atrazine's endocrine effects, carcinogenic effects and epidemiological connection to low sperm levels in men has led several researchers to call for banning Atrazine in the U.S. Numerous studies on the effects of Atrazine have been conducted - including studies at major universities throughout the country. Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Developmental Endocrinologist at the University of California at Berkeley - Department of Integrative Biology, has identified signs that the effects of Atrazine on the sex organs of male frogs are occurring at levels as low as 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). Dr. Hayes has found evidence that Atrazine is a teratogen, causing demasculinization in male frogs and is an estrogen disruptor. Dr. Hayes explains, "In frogs and humans, the hormones are the same, the mechanisms are the same. So if Atrazine seems to be feminizing frogs by increasing the production of estrogen, it might also be having the same effect over the production of es
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