Water quality standards for another 21 substances

Proposals to set environmental quality standards (EQSs) for 21 dangerous substances were issued for consultation by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) on 30 July.1 As with proposals made earlier this year for another 11 substances, the Government is shying away from setting short-term limits on pesticide concentrations in water which would provide statutory protection to aquatic organisms against pesticide run-off.

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