EPA’s atrazine risk assessment draws criticism from agriculture groups, Syngenta

| | June 6, 2016
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An EPA draft document assessing the ecological risks of atrazine that was mistakenly posted online a month ago has now been officially released.

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The National Corn Growers Association and atrazine manufacturer Syngenta criticized the assessment, while the Center for Biological Diversity said it shows the extent of the herbicide’s harmful effects.

NCGA President Chip Bowling said that EPA based the review “on studies their own Science Advisory Panel deemed ‘flawed’ just 4 years ago. . . .”

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. . . .“We’re troubled the draft assessment discounted several rigorous, high-quality scientific studies. . .” said Marian Stypa, head of product development for Syngenta in North America. “The draft report erroneously and improperly estimated atrazine’s levels of concern for birds, fish, mammals and aquatic communities that are not supported by science.”

He said . . .the 2012 SAP report “demonstrated the level of concern (LOC) for atrazine could be . . . six times higher than the conservative number proposed in EPA’s preliminary report, and still be protective of aquatic communities. Together with numerous errors in EPA’s modeling, the agency drew scientifically unsound conclusions, based on flawed assessments. . .”

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