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

trogen in people." High levels of estrogen he notes, have been linked to breast cancer.

In the summer of 2001, the National Resource Defense Council learned that Syngenta had been tracking prostate cancer in its employees at its St. Gabriel, Louisiana Atrazine plant. The result was a published study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health which reported that exposed Syngenta employees had elevated rates of prostate cancer - a rate more than three-and-a-half times higher than the Louisiana statewide average. An epidemiological study published in May 2004 found that parents working in areas of high herbicide applications are at increased risk for adverse reproductive outcomes such as infertility, poor fertilization, fetal death and congenital anomalies.

In a study conducted by the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University entitled 'Atrazine Herbicide - Best Management Practices for the Little Arkansas River Watershed' (MF-2768), it stated: "Atrazine is a low cost per acre herbicide, but there may be environmental costs that should be considered when using it." In the study, there is a chart reflecting average samplings taken from 4 separate locations with Atrazine contamination levels far exceeding the EPA standard. Alternatives to Atrazine use are also recommended in the 'Best Management Practices' portion of the study.

Tillery believes we must protect the long-term viability of our water systems. That includes full accountability and transparency of decisions made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "People assume that their governmental agencies are working to protect them and looking out for their best interests. We saw what happened with the Securities and Exchange Commission, so we need to examine how the US EPA is making decisions," Tillery says. "Contamination testing procedures are flawed, there are closed door meetings being held with herbicide manuf
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