On June 6th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft ecological risk assessment for its registration review of Atrazine. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of a pesticide to ensure the pesticide continues to satisfy statutory standards. The review establishes whether, under current scientific standards, the pesticide can be used without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment.
As part of the review process, EPA conducts an ecological risk assessment. During the ecological risk assessment of Atrazine, EPA relied on studies which its own Scientific Advisory Panel had previously deemed flawed. EPA’s reliance on this faulty science has resulted in new determinations which could, if left unchanged, severely limit producers’ ability to effectively use Atrazine.
EPA is accepting public comments on its draft ecological risk assessment for Atrazine untilAugust 5, 2016. EPA will review all comments received on the draft ecological risk assessment. Based on those comments, EPA might either issue a revised risk assessment or request additional public input on risk mitigation before completing the registration review.
You can file your comment to call on EPA to abide by their own science standards by going to the Regulations.gov website HERE and clicking on the “Comment Now” box at the top of the page. In addition, several entities are working to generate comments on the draft ecological risk assessment.
You can follow the links below to learn more:
· National Sorghum Producers: http://sorghumgrowers.com/sorghumalert/
· Triazine Network: http://agsense.org/