Pesticides in rain exceed drinking water limits

Long-distance transport of pesticides in the atmosphere can lead to pesticide levels in rainwater above EC limits for drinking water, according to a study sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The study, presented at the British Crop Protection Council's recent annual conference in Brighton, was aimed at investigating pesticide deposition in rain in relation to local agricultural activities. Bulk rainwater samples were collected at a single site in Oxfordshire close to experimental plots which were sprayed with isoproturon and simazine during the 15-month experiment.

Samples were analysed for isoproturon, atrazine, simazine, al

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