In a scientific dispute over the effects of atrazine on amphibians, chemical industry–funded and publically funded scientists present stunningly contrasting constructions of atrazine's environmental concentrations, persistence, and potential to harm. Considerable scientific uncertainties and variable ranges allow authors to construct preferred versions of the story of atrazine. These incommensurate rhetorical constructions, more the result of competing economic and environmental interests than of any paradigmatic misalignments, have prolonged the dispute not only over atrazine's effects but also over whether its sales should be banned.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Technical Communication Quarterly on 2015-08-21, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10572252.2015.1079333.
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