CSWAB’s letter to state officials calling for a comprehensive ban on the use of the herbicide atrazine to protect expectant mothers and infants from exposure prompted a front page story in the Wisconsin State Journal this week.

At the December 7 public hearing in Madison, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) board recommended adding almost 10,000 more acres to the 1.2 million where the corn herbicide atrazine cannot be used in Wisconsin because of polluted wells. If the proposed rule changes are approved by the state legislature, the additional atrazine prohibition areas will go into effect by next year’s growing season. The statewide prohibition of atrazine proposed by CSWAB was beyond the specific rule proposal, DATCP said.

Organizations that co-signed our November 4 letter to DATCP included Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Tribal Environmental Watch Alliance, Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, Concerned Citizens of Newport, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Family Farm Defenders, Crawford Stewardship Project, Kickapoo Peace Circle, Madison Audubon Society, and Healthy Lawn Team.

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