KARA Co-authors Atrazine Comments Calling on EPA to Rely on Sound Science

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The Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association co-authored comments noting concerns with the conclusions, and processes used to reach those conclusions, in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Draft Ecological Risk Assessment for Atrazine, Propazine and Simazine.  The central theme of the comments noted EPA’s repeated reliance on lesser quality studies where better quality data exists, relying on studies EPA’s own Science Advisory Panels raised critical issue with and relying on flawed studies, thus producing flawed conclusions.

Under the conclusions EPA drew in their draft risk assessment, farmers’ ability to keep using atrazine at argonomically effective rates could be dramatically curtailed.  Loss of atrazine in Kansas would negatively impact conservation tillage practices which are having important positive environmental impacts such as reduced soil erosion from wind and water and diminished soil compaction and fuel use as equipment traverses the ground fewer times.  It would mean one of the most tested, proven crop protection products would essentially be eliminated from producers weed-control toolbox.

KARA joined other agriculture producers, associations and commodity groups in calling on EPA to go back to solid, reliable science in further reviewing atrazine and reject the insufficient, flawed studies relied on in the draft assessment.  Our specific comments were submitted jointly with the Kansas Cooperative Council, Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Renew Kansas.