U.S. Cities Fight Back Against Water Pollution

Today is World Water Day, and that means that millions of people around the world are coming together to celebrate the essential nature of water, and raise awareness about the global lack of clean, safe water supplies.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater and this year organizers have selected the theme of water quality, reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management.

Too bad no one told municipal governments around America, who have allowed the widespread use of a common weedkiller to jeopardize the safety of public water supplies all over the country.

Change.org reports:

Atrazine is the most widely used weed killer in the United States. It is notorious for seeping into groundwater supplies and can be carried up to 600 miles on the wind. And studies suggest that even in low concentrations it causes low sperm count in men and increases the chances of breast cancer and fertility problems in women, and birth defects and low birth weight in fetuses — which can, in turn, cause death.

(Find that hard to believe? Check out a recent report by Care2′s Melissa Breyer about this dangerous gender-bender).

With rampant GMO and pesticide use occuring every day without the public’s knowledge, it’s good to see that some citizens aren’t going to take this latest discovery lying down.

Sixteen cities in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Iowa have filed a lawsuit demanding that Syngenta—which manufactures atrazine and has made billions off it—pay for its removal from public water systems. If successful, the payout could be huge: It’s estimated the cities involved have spent more than $350 million trying to filter the herbicide from their water.

Taking a cue from it’s corporate-bully cousin, Monsanto, Syngenta has denied any wrongdoing, citing a controversial 2006 EPA decision that gave atrazine the green light for municipal use.

The EPA recently announced that it would be re-evaluating the herbicide’s ability to cause cancer and birth defects, as well as its potential to disrupt the hormone and reproductive systems of humans and amphibians (Huffington Post), and concerned citizens are encouraged to sign the Pesticide Action Network’s petiton to “Stand with U.S. farmers against Syngenta.”

Related Reading:

10 Ways To Celebrate World Water Day!

Tell the EPA to Ban Atrazine: Common Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects and Cancer

Month Without Monsanto: One Woman’s Attempt To Avoid GMOs

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60 comments

William C
William C12 days ago

Thanks for the information.

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William C
William C12 days ago

Thanks for the information.

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W. C
W. C12 days ago

Thank you.

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Linda Little
Linda Little7 years ago

The only way to ensure environmental safety is the "Polluter Pays" policy. If this is not enforced, then companies will continue to do what is cheapest not what is environmentally sound. However, add the clean up of any pollution, and suddenly taking sort cut gets very expensive and nowhere near as attractive

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Harriet S.
Harriet S7 years ago

Check out the other issues on Care 2. There are several that go along with this one! Yes chemicals are bad in our water. Well here's another scary one ACNE Cream caused UC (Ulcerated Colitis) in many young adults due to no guidelines and LAX testing of products made available for our use. Whether it is for the land or our bodies we eventually eat or drink the hazards of our ignorance and laziness! The governemnt runs the FDA and we depend on them to keep us safe! I say no more. Have a great day, enjoy it while you can.

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Jasmin S.
Ilse S7 years ago

It is sad that Human people with all the knowledge we have about the things we do and the effects of it, doesnt change our usage in a more effectiv way to show our respect to nature. I guess we are all spoiled Kings and Queens of the earth.

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Alex Green
Alex Green7 years ago

The betterment of the planet is in your hands, I agree totally. When something needs doing, who better than ourselfs to get the job done. Boycott all these products that harm our planet.

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Julie G.
Julie G7 years ago

Once again, now that CORPORATIONS are CITIZENS, they have the same responsibility as other citizens. If I dump garbarage on someone's lawn, the law will make me clean it up and make restitution to the lawn owner.

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David Jones
David Jones7 years ago

thanks for the post

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David Jones
David Jones7 years ago

thanks for the post

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