Belgium announces pesticide controls

Belgian environment minister Magda Aelvoet has announced tighter controls on three pesticide ingredients: diuron, simazine and alkylphenols. The maximum permitted dose of diuron has been reduced to less than a quarter of current levels, with 27 of 31 existing preparations banned from October. Simazine-based pesticides will now be available only for professional use, while alkylphenols and alkylphenolethoxylates will be banned in concentrated form from April 2003. Pesticide makers recently challenged the inclusion of the first two ingredients on the EU's water pollution priority substance list (EED 28/02/02). See phytological service press release.

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