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Illinois congressmen go to bat for farmers and question EPA’s redundant review of Atrazine

April 27, 2010

One of those rulemakings that EPA wants the public to celebrate in its video competition is the agency’s reevaluation of the chemical herbicide Atrazine.

Fortunately, U.S. Reps. Tim Johnson, Debbie Halvorson, and Don Manzullo were among the 33 members of Congress who wrote April 21st to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning the agency’s interpretation of FIFRA.

“It has come to our attention that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), despite recently completing is 15 year review of Atrazine and granting its re-registration in 2006, has decided to reevaluate the herbicide Atrazine by subjecting it to a Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP).   We are concerned that the scope of the EPA’s current inquiry exceeds its authority and is contrary to the reregistration process put in place by Congress through FIFRA.”

“To date in over 6,000 studies there has been no credible evidence that Atrazine is harmful to human health or the environment.  Rather, the studies suggest that Atrazine can be used in a safe manner.”

“To institute a reevaluation of the health and environmental risks of Atrazaine when it is only one-third of the way through its current re-registration period is contrary to the process established by FIFRA.”

“America’s farmers deserve to be treated fairly.  We believe there must be a transparent and science-based process at the EPA for reviewing crop protection products that are crucial in helping our farmers provide a safe and abundant food supply.”

On Monday, the FIFRA SAP began four days of meetings in Washington.   Click here for more information on what the Scientific Advisory Panel will do this week and at its next meeting in September.

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