"Red list" proposals fail to address lethal pesticide run-off

Draft regulations to introduce water quality standards for eight "red list" chemicals and three other substances were finally issued for consultation by the Department of the Environment (DoE) in March, six years after an earlier consultation on the standards themselves.1 Proposals for another 22 substances - many likely to be agricultural pesticides - are due shortly. But the standards are unlikely to prevent the kinds of pesticide damage to aquatic life detected in official studies because the DoE has decided not to set any limits on short-term pesticide peaks.

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