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State Senate Committee Eyes Atrazine, “Whistleblowing

October 10, 2007

St. Paul, MN – A State Senate Committee will hold a hearing today to consider the impact of pesticides on Minnesota's drinking water. Senator John Marty, Committee Chair, believes the pesticides need to be evaluated.

"The point is to look at the health and safety of certain pesticides. I have legislation that would require the health department to examine the health risks of pesticides before we register them for use in Minnesota."

Marty says the Senate Committee will also take testimony on the obstacles to revealing information about the potential health risks of pesticides. The discussion will most likely focus on the case of Paul Wotzka, a researcher at the state Pollution Control Agency who says he was forced to resign after being asked to testify before the Legislature on his report on the environmental and health impacts of the frequent use of the pesticide atrazine.

"Scientists who tend to raise questions and expose the fact that there's atrazine in groundwater in levels that they believe are of significant health risk are punished for their work in this areas. Certain people in the state agencies, and the businesses they deal with, don't like anybody raising any questions about the safety, about the health risks involved or environmental damage that might be caused by these pesticides."

Marty says the state needs accurate information about chemicals that may get into the water supply, as well as encouraging research and protecting people's health and the environment. Wotzka has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit.

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN