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Future Directions

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:   No Citation available.
Authors:   Ray, Chittaranjan
Keywords:   Pesticides, Registration, Education, Training, Research, Assessment

Pesticides in ground water will remain a major regulatory and environmental issue in the following decades. Especially for domestic wells, which do not come under any regulatory compliance, direct monitoring will not be feasible. As a result, alternate methods to assess their vulnerability will be implemented by state and federal agencies. The use of state management plans for pesticides is one of the ways to reduce their contamination of ground water. Soon each state will be required to develop pesticide-specific management plans for its own conditions.

Current research on the fate and transport of pesticides to surface and ground waters will supplement the efforts of state and federal agencies in the management of pesticides for agricultural and non-agricultural uses. Terrestrial half-life studies conducted independently of those by registrants should provide valuable data on the degradation of the compounds under diverse environmental conditions. This information can be used by regulatory agencies during the reregistration of pesticides that appear to have a significant adverse impact on ground water.

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