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Is Atrazine Harming Hawaii’s Environment?
For decades, Hawaii sugarcane and pineapple farmers, and increasingly seed corn growers, have sprayed the weed killer atrazine on their fields. When it rains, the herbicide is swept into rivers and streams, threatening plant and aquatic life.

Atrazine has been shown to reduce reproduction in fish and amphibians, cause birth defects, and according to the U.S. EPA, are toxic to algae and plant life. Unfortunately the state does not track where the chemical is being sprayed and in what quantities. Atrazine users are largely left to police themselves and even thought the EPA established water safety levels a decade ago and required states to regulate pesticides last year, Hawaii’s rivers, streams, and coastal waters are not being tested for the chemical.

 
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