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Published May 05, 2010, 08:29 AM

New report shows atrazine contamination high in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — A newly released report shows Nebraska’s watersheds are among the most contaminated by an herbicide commonly used on corn and other crops.

OMAHA, Neb. — A newly released report shows Nebraska’s watersheds are among the most contaminated by an herbicide commonly used on corn and other crops.

The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council released Tuesday shows the Big Blue River watershed in upper Gage County had the highest maximum peak concentration of atrazine of 20 watersheds in five farm states monitored in 2007 and 2008.

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of re-evaluating the health effects of atrazine and will decide whether further restrictions are needed to protect human health.

Recent studies carried out by the EPA have shown that even at low levels, atrazine in drinking water can contribute to low birth weights, birth defects and reproductive problems.

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On the Net: “Still Poisoning the Well” NRDC study

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