Environmental groups call on DEC to ban 3 top pesticides

LINDENHURST - Environmental and community groups are calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ban three commonly used pesticides that have turned up in water testing on Long Island. A recent state study showed that more than 50 percent of 800 wells tested in the Lindenhurst area turned up contaminated from pesticides. Environmental experts say two of the top pesticides, Metalaxyle and Imidacloprid, are linked to liver and kidney damage. The third, Atrazine, is described as a possible human carcinogen, they say. "In 2004, the European Union banned Atrazine from use," says Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. "What did America do? We made it our No. 1 weed-killer, applying 72 million pounds each and every year." Espositio says the pesticides are used on farms and lawns all across Long Island. To watch a news conference about the pesticides, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.

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