The US Environmental Protection Agency is now seeking public comments regarding a potential ban on Atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. The EPA’s call for comments was prompted by 10,012 petition signatures received from SAVE THE FROGS! supporters, and over 50,000 emails from supporters of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The call for comments appeared in the September 14th, 2011 Federal Register, the official journal of the Government of the United States. View the Federal Register entry here and submit your comments here. The commenting period ends November 14th, but please don’t delay. Read our press release here.
This is a major step forward in our campaign to get Atrazine federally banned and out of production, but we need your financial support to kick this campaign into high gear! Let’s take advantage of this opportunity that we created through our own hard work. Your $13 donation will fund one full hour’s worth of a skilled campaign coordinator contacting news agencies and other nonprofits. If there was ever a time to donate to SAVE THE FROGS!, it is now.
Atrazine is produced by the Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta. The chemical has been banned in the European Union since 2004, but 80 million pounds of it are applied in the USA each year. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in American groundwater and is a known endocrine disruptor that can induce hermaphroditism and complete sex reversal in male frogs.