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Lawsuit challenges epa reapproval of endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine

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  • Lawsuit challenges epa reapproval of endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine

    OCTOBER 30, 2020

    Lawsuit Challenges EPA Reapproval of Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide Atrazine

    Agency Slashes Protections for Children, Waterways

    Washington, D.C.—Public-interest groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today over its decision to reapprove atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world.

    Atrazine castrates frogs, impairs fish reproduction, and is linked to birth defects and cancer in humans. This decision is part of a sweeping effort by the EPA in recent months to quickly approve numerous extremely controversial and harmful pesticides, including dicamba, paraquat, 1,3-D, and multiple pyrethroids.

    ... Today's lawsuit, filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, contends that before reapproving atrazine, the EPA failed in its legal duty to ensure that the pesticide would not cause unreasonable harm to public health and the environment.

    "In siding with the pesticide industry over young children, the pesticide office at the EPA has sunk to a new low," said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity.