Triazine herbicides and birth defects in Kentucky

Completed Pilot Project

Project Title: Triazine Herbicides and Birth Defects in Kentucky

PI: Steve Browning, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UK College of Public Health

Relevance: This study created an exposure database of triazine herbicide concentrations in municipal, well, and surface waters in Kentucky. The exposure matrix by county is being linked to birth defects note on birth certificates from 2000 to 2014. Triazine herbicides are considered endocrine disrupting chemicals and have been associated with fetal anomalies in animals. This study contributes new knowledge about agrichemical exposures and potential environmental health effects.