The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to take a serious look at the health and environmental risks of atrazine — a dangerous pesticide, commonly found in drinking water, that’s now detected in about 95 percent of our waterways.
Atrazine is a potent endocrine disrupter that causes complete sex reversal in male frogs at concentrations 120 times lower than what the EPA currently allows in our water supply. The toxic chemical also causes an increased risk of birth defects and cancers in humans.
Atrazine’s dangerous risks to wildlife and human health are unacceptable. It’s time for the EPA to ban this chemical.
Please take action now to tell the agency to ban the toxic pesticide atrazine and protect our health and environment.
Tell EPA: Ban Frog-castrating Atrazine.
Appalachian Voice Front Porch Blog.
This press release from Appalachian Voices includes reactions from coalfield citizens and environmental groups about EPA’s decision today to refer 79 mountaintop removal SMCRA permits for extended review.
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Smith Mountain Solutions, LLC wants to bring coal combustion waste to the old Turner mine at Smith Mountain near Crossville under the guise of mine reclamation. This mine is in the Sewanee coal seam, with layers of coal and rock that are so toxic that breaking into them produces acid mine drainage that will need treatment in perpetuity.
Crossville Coal Inc. holds current SMCRA permits at the Turner Surface Mine and Mine No. 1, and they have submitted an application for revisions of these permits to change the post-mining land use. If the revisions are approved, it would pave the way for use of the site as an experimental solid waste mono-fill for coal combustion waste (CCW).