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The BCERF program on the Cancer Risks of Environmental Chemicals in the Home and Workplace closed on March 31, 2010. No further updates will be made to this web site. Please go Cornell University’s eCommons web site to access BCERF’s archived research and educational materials (

Vol. 12 Issue 4, Fall 2007

BCERF's Turf Pesticide and Cancer Risk Database
The Ribbon
Receiving tens of thousands of hits and being used nationwide

There is a tremendous amount of activity surrounding BCERF's Turf Pesticide and Cancer Risk Database. This searchable database includes cancer risk information on 111 pesticide active ingredients found in over 2800 individual turf and lawn care pesticide products, an extensive glossary, information on interpreting cancer risk, and links to fact sheets and other documents from the US EPA. Collectively, these web-based resources received over 180,000 hits from July through September 2007. Project leader Dr. Heather (Clark) Dantzker is conducting a wide range of outreach projects to ensure that pesticide safety educators nationwide are able to use and instruct others in the use of this database. Heather and her research assistant Devi Chandrasekaran developed an instructional CD -- with a slide show, a movie and other features -- for this purpose. The CD is now in the hands of hundreds of pesticide safety educators in the majority of the states, four US territories, Canada, and several Central American countries. The CD is being distributed to over 100 educators and staff in Cornell Cooperative Extension, with offices throughout New York State. An information sheet about the database is available (html or PDF format) in both English and Spanish (new!) at These and future efforts are helping to ensure that anyone who needs to know the cancer risk potential of the active ingredients in turf pesticide products has access to that information.

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