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Public Comment Sought on Findings of Atrazine Review

02/1 23 April 2002

Public comment is being called for on the findings and proposed regulatory outcomes in the Review of Atrazine. The review originated after atrazine, a widely used herbicide in cropping and forestry, was linked to human health concerns and the contamination of ground and surface water.

The review is being conducted by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA). The review reconsidered all aspects of atrazine's registration and use, including toxicology, environmental concerns, occupational health and safety of users and residue standards.

'An interim report of the NRA's findings found that if used correctly, there were no toxicological concerns to users or the community. However, the interim report identified that additional environmental studies and water monitoring data were required in order to complete the review,' according to Dr Eva Bennet-Jenkins, Manager, Chemical Review.

'Those additional studies have been completed and assessed. The draft final report reflects the outcomes of those studies by recommending strict label changes to atrazine products, with the aim of minimising any possible contamination of ground and surface water,' Dr Bennet-Jenkins said.

Comments on the report need to be submitted to the NRA in writing by Tuesday, 11 June 2002.

The NRA's chemical review program reconsiders the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the marketplace where potential risks to safety and performance have been identified.

The draft Atrazine Final Review Report and a summary document can be found on the NRA website www.nra.gov.au

To obtain copies of these documents contact Chemical Review by phone on 02 6272 3213, fax 02 6272 3551, email ccordine@nra.gov.au or by writing to the NRA at PO Box E240, Kingston, ACT, 2604.

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