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Legislative Issues and Updates
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: No Citation available.
Authors: Ray, Chittaranjan
Keywords: Pesticides, Leachable, Compounds, Chemical properties, Risk, Management, SMP, Tolerance limits
The USEPA released its Pesticides and Ground Water Strategy in October 1991. A goal
of this strategy is to manage pesticides in the environment in order to protect ground-water
resources, and an essential theme is the prevention of pesticide risks to humans and the
environment. Pesticides determined by the USEPA to be leachable to ground water would
be permitted to remain registered in a state only when used under a USEPA-approved
pesticide-specific state management plan (SMP). By adhering to this strategy, USEPA
believes that a compound-specific SMP will prevent ground-water contamination by
restricting the use of a given pesticide in hydrogeologically sensitive areas.