Take action: Limit the harmful herbicide atrazine

Re: Docket ID EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0266

The commonly used herbicide atrazine poses unacceptable risks to our environment and human health alike. It has been linked to alarming health impacts including hormone disruption, birth defects, and even a variety of cancers.

The fact that atrazine dissolves in water makes it able to easily escape the fields where it is originally applied. Through runoff and precipitation, it can enter drinking water supplies and pose a direct risk to our health. For this reason, I strongly support your proposal that concentrations of 3.4 micrograms per liter in a watershed, on an annual average, should trigger mitigation measures. Furthermore, the agency should take a precautionary approach when it comes to harmful chemicals and practices that threaten public health and the environment by not approving their use unless and until proven safe.