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Document ID (ISN)105488
CIS number 06-905
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sass J.B., Colangelo A.
Title European Union bans atrazine, while the United States negotiates continued use
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2006, Vol.12, No.3, p.260-267. 82 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Atrazine is a common agricultural herbicide with endocrine disruptor activity. There is evidence that it interferes with reproduction and development, and may cause cancer. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved its continued use in October 2003, that same month the European Union (EU) announced a ban on atrazine because of ubiquitous and unpreventable water contamination. The authors reviewed regulatory procedures and government documents, and report efforts by the manufacturer of atrazine, Syngenta, to influence the U.S. atrazine assessment, by submitting flawed scientific data as evidence of no harm, and by meeting repeatedly and privately with EPA to negotiate the government's regulatory approach. Many of the details of these negotiations continue to be withheld from the public, despite EPA regulations and federal open-government laws that require such decisions to be made in the open. [Abstract supplied by the journal]
Descriptors (primary) herbicides; USA; legislation; atrazine; health hazards; European Union
Descriptors (secondary) antifertility effects; carcinogenic effects; ethics; water pollution; endocrine effects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Genetic factors in reaction to exposures
Heterocyclic compounds
Agricultural chemicals