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Atrazine news story

  • Subject: Atrazine news story
  • From: halinar@open.org
  • Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 09:15:34 -0700 (PDT)

Weekly NMPRO e-mail for April 23, 2002

* The herbicide atrazine came under fire last week. A Univ. of
Calif.-Berkeley study showed that low levels of the substance can 
cause deformities and behavioral changes in frogs. U.S. EPA's 
allowable standard for tap water is 3 parts per billion atrazine, but 
the study found that tadpoles exposed to 0.1 ppb could become 
hermaphroditic -- having both male and female sex organs. Berkeley 
scientists proposed that atrazine may be the cause of the worldwide 
decline in frog populations.

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