It's been almost a year since EPA’s own Scientific Advisory Panel reprimanded the agency for lowballing the cancer risks of atrazine — including risks of childhood cancer. Yet no action has been taken. When we called EPA to find out what they are planning to do, they told us “We hope to update the website soon.”
According to the SAP, there is “strong” evidence linking atrazine to thyroid cancer, and “suggestive” evidence linking the chemical to ovarian, hairy-cell leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On breast, prostate, and other childhood cancers, “there is inadequate evidence to determine” whether or not atrazine causes cancer. Looking at this same body of evidence, EPA somehow found that atrazine is “not likely to be carcinogenic.”
A year of no response while millions of Americans – especially Midwesterners – are exposed to atrazine through their drinking water on a daily basis is unacceptable. Please join us in urging EPA to take the current review of atrazine seriously, and to follow the science – wherever it may lead.
Our message to the agency is as simple as it has been consistent: follow the science.