Atrazine in Drinking Water

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by flutterby, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

  2. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Oh, dear.
    There is so much of this stuff around us. You get rid of one and another pops up.
    Here's a section of the article I found interesting:

    "Studies of atrazine's potential links to prostate and breast cancer have been inconclusive. Based on the recommendations of its scientific advisory panels in 2000 and 2003, the EPA has listed atrazine as "not likely" to be a carcinogen but does officially consider it to be a potential hormone disruptor - a risk factor explored by researchers testing animals.
    In recent years atrazine has been the subject of intensive debate among scientists about its effects on the reproductive systems of frogs and other vertebrate animals. In some studies, male frogs that were exposed to high levels of atrazine have been documented to grow eggs.
    In 2004, the European Union banned atrazine because it was consistently showing up in drinking water and health officials, aware of ongoing studies, said they could not find sufficient evidence the chemical was safe."