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Farmers count on chemical herbicides to keep their fields weed-free. But an international panel of scientists who studied two of the most heavily used farm chemicals to determine whether they could cause cancer said exposure to weed-killing chemicals could come at a cost.

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As you've probably heard, a well-respected group of World Health Organization scientists said glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's wildly popular Roundup herbicide and its generic cousins, is probably capable of causing cancer in humans.

IEPA: High Atrazine levels in Spring Lake in 2012

Aug 20, 2013
Rich Egger

The Illinois EPA issued a report last month, saying the water in Spring Lake in Macomb had elevated levels of the herbicide atrazine.

High Levels of Herbicide in Spring Lake

Aug 19, 2013
Rich Egger

The Illinois EPA said it detected higher than acceptable levels of a crop herbicide in the lake that provides Macomb much of its water.

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Under a recent class-action lawsuit, agricultural chemical company Syngenta will have to pay cities and towns across the Midwest for contaminating water supplies with the herbicide atrazine. This includes several in Western Illinois.