Denmark executes U-turn on glyphosate

Denmark's environmental protection agency (EPA) has rescinded a partial ban on the agricultural use of glyphosate, national news agency Ritzau reports. The unprecedented restrictions on Europe's most widely used herbicide were imposed by then-environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt after data confirmed the chemical's presence in groundwater, from which Denmark obtains most of its drinking water (EED 05/06/03). In particular, it was feared that glyphosate and its breakdown product AMPA might accumulate in the uppermost levels of groundwater from clayey soils. But the EPA has now concluded that the risk is "not... unacceptably high", a spokesman said. See article in Politiken newspaper.

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