Danish pesticide contamination developments

A risk assessment by the Danish toxicology centre (DTC) appears to support controversial suggestions that the government should review its policy of abandoning drinking water sources contaminated by the pesticide residue BAM. Such a move was recommended last year by the official environmental assessment institute (IMV) (EED 09/12/03). However, a ban on the pesticide terbuthylazine is reportedly under consideration after a separate study by the Geological survey of Denmark found excessive levels of a breakdown product in groundwater for the first time. Further information on BAM and terbuthylazine.

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