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Emerging research increasingly indicates that the U.S. water supply is widely contaminated with the endocrine disrupting chemical atrazine, but that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking almost no action on the threat.
Special agreements between the EPA and Syngenta, the top manufacturer of the atrazine used in the U.S., have led to limited weekly or biweekly testing
Prenatal exposure to low levels of atrazine has also been shown to predispose rats to cancer as adults
Studies in rats dosed with atrazine resulted in increases in mammary and uterine tumours, leukaemia and lymphomas. Based on the rat studies, atrazine has been classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Animal studies also show that atrazine can have an effect on hormones by acting on the pituitary gland.
...Interim Maximum Acceptable Concentration of 5 micrograms per litre of drinking water.
Minister's Response to a Petition, 2 November 2009:
Environment Canada has collaborated with Health Canada to prepare the Government’s response. I have reviewed this response, which is being sent to you by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and concur with its conclusions.
What is Atrazine?
Atrazine is a systemic herbicide, commonly used to control broadleaf and grassy weeds in corn, rapeseed and low brush blueberries, and for general weed control. It was once used for algae control in ornamental ponds and aquariums. Trade names for this herbicide include AAtrex, Aktikon, Atranex, Bicep, Blazine, Cekuzina-T, Fogard, Gesaprim, Griffex, Maizina, Mebazine, Primaextra, Sutazine, and Vectal.