MN: No change in rules for herbicide atrazine
by Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio
November 23, 2010
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that existing rules for the weed-killer atrazine are adequate to protect the environment and public health.
The department worked with other state agencies to study possible human health impacts, and threats to wildlife in water. Spokesman Michael Schommer said he expects some criticism of the agency’s decision to stick with the current standard of three parts-per-billion in drinking water.
“The bottom line is it’s risk-benefit analysis and we’re doing the best we can with the information that’s available,” he said.
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