Update on our campaign to ban Atrazine
Over 110 frog lovers have contributed to our fundraising campaign, but we are still $3,100 away from our $10,000 goal, and our campaign expires tonight at midnight! Please donate and help ensure we have the resources to run our worldwide amphibian conservation programs, and ban the harmful pesticide Atrazine, which you can read all about below!
Thanks to all those who have already donated! And yes, it is tax-deductible!
Note: you can always donate at www.savethefrogs.com/donate
August 26th, 2013:
My submission to the EPA's Atrazine 2013 Call For Comments
On August 26th, I submitted this comment to the EPA as part of their official call for comments related to their 15-year review of Atrazine, which is one of the world's most common pesticides. Over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year. This harmful pesticide is an endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine is one of the most commonly detected pesticides in rainwater, groundwater and tapwater in the USA and is used on corn, sugar, sorghum, yams, rice, christmas trees, and for lawn care. Here is my comment:
"As the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! and as a concerned citizen, I seek a clean America in which to live: an America where I am not afraid to drink the tap water or to eat the food being served in restaurants or supermarkets; an America where pesticides do not rain down out of the sky on top of me; an America where our wildlife do not get deformed by the chemicals we introduce into their habitats without their consent. Thus I urge you to place an immediate federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, a heavily used herbicide and a known endocrine-disruptor that is already banned in the European Union. The EPA’s mission to protect human and environmental health will not be fulfilled so long as Atrazine continues to contaminate our land and water."
Save The Frogs Day 2011 rally at the US EPA in DC, photo courtesy James Buck.
August 27th, 2013:
EPA Denies SAVE THE FROGS! 2011 Petition for a Federal Ban on the Use And Production of Atrazine
On August 27th, 2013 the US EPA's Director of Office of Pesticide Programs Dr. Steven Bradbury sent me a letter denying our 2011 petition to ban Atrazine, which included 10,012 signatures (note: we are continuing to collect signatures!).
Map of Atrazine usage hotspots by USGS. Live in the red? You should be more pro-active? Live in the white? Atrazine is still likely to be on your corn and in your groundwater and rainwater.
September 4th, 2013:
SAVE THE FROGS! Official Response to EPA's Petition Denial
On September 4th, 2013 I responded to the EPA with a letter detailing the government's flawed rationale and requesting a meeting with Dr. Bradbury.
"To allow the continued use and production of Atrazine, the EPA sets a dangerous precedent by condoning environmental destruction and implying that it is environmentally sound and ethical to dump poison on American soil -- and on Americans."
Save The Frogs Day Rally at EPA Headquarters in Washington DC, April 29, 2011
November 7th, 2013:
SAVE THE FROGS! meets with the EPA's Director of Office of Pesticide Programs
My meeting request was granted and took place yesterday November 7th, 2013 with EPA Director of office of Pesticide Programs Dr. Bradbury and six members of his staff in Arlington, VA. At the meeting, I delivered the EPA an additional 17,935 petition signatures and asked the following questions (as well as some others!):
- Why hasn't Atrazine been banned?
- Is Administrator McCarthy aware of the Atrazine issue?
- Does the EPA incorporate Dr. Tyrone Hayes' data into decision making?
- What type of data would result in an EPA decision to ban Atrazine?
- Does the EPA trust the USGS studies?
- Does the EPA trust the USDA data?
- How can the EPA assure us our food is safe if the tests cannot detect atrazine on corn below 15ppm?
- Have any EPA members been informed they will lose their jobs if they ban Atrazine?
- Does Administrator McCarthy have the power to ban Atrazine with a signature?
- Will a representative of EPA take part in a public online Q&A?
- Precisely what role do economics hold in the EPA's decision to ban Atrazine?
- Why does the EPA care to protect the products of a foreign company?
- Does the EPA deny the European Union's findings regarding Atrazine?
- Approximately how many meetings has the EPA had with pesticide or corn lobbyists regarding Atrazine since May 2011?
We expect to meet again in 2014. I will detail the path forward and some of the EPA's responses to these questions in an upcoming STF! newsletter.
My 2012 speech to the US EPA's Scientific Advisory Panel
On June 12th, 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! I gave a 25 minute presentation at the US Environmental Protection Agency's hearings on the effects of Atrazine on aquatic wildlife in Arlington, VA.
Here is an mp3 of my speech (right-click to download).
Watch the video here.
Here is a PDF of my slideshow.
Here is some text from the speech.
Dr. Tyrone Hayes teaches SAVE THE FROGS! Academy students about Atrazine.
On August 18th, 2013, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and UC Berkeley professor Dr. Tyrone Hayes gave presentations to SAVE THE FROGS! Academy students on the harmful pesticide Atrazine and discussed ways that you can help us get it banned. Please watch the class video here, and be sure to share it with your friends, students and colleagues.
If you haven't signed the petition to ban Atrazine, pleae do so now!
Please sign the petition to ban Atrazine, we are still collecting signatures!
Order some Atrazine cards and help spread the word
We are certain that the EPA will ban Atrazine...but they will not do so until we have an educated, informed public whose voice is more powerful than that of the multi-billion dollar pesticide companies. These two-sided 4x6" info cards are a great way to help spread the word about Atrazine: order a set of cards here.
Summary: don't rely on the government to protect you or the frogs!
The fate of the frogs lies in our hands. Thank you for being a pro-active supporter of SAVE THE FROGS!
Please be sure to donate today and help us reach our $10,000 goal: we only have 12 hours left!!!
Of course you can also donate at www.savethefrogs.com/donate
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
I took it to the White House in April 2011 and I will return if necessary.