Alachlor is a herbicide used to control annual grasses and broadleaf weeds in crops like corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Like other herbicides, Alachlor enters surface-water as a result of runoff, and enters underground-water by leaching - that's when water from rain, irrigation, or other sources flows through the soil, dissolves the chemicals in it, and carries them down into the groundwater that supplies wells and springs.
Short-term exposure to Alachlor can cause slight skin and eye irritation, while long-term exposure can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, spleen, lining of the nose & eyelids, and cancer.
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