EU Ministers confirm deal on ais in water
EU Ministers have confirmed their agreement to proposals to add seven pesticide active ingredients to chemicals that are subject to water pollution controls. An informal deal on the changes to the EU water framework Directive (2000/60) was reached between representatives of EU member states and the European Parliament in April, and Parliament confirmed its agreement in July (Agrow No 668, p 8). The herbicides, aclonifen and bifenox, the insecticide, cypermethrin, and the non-crop insecticide/acaricide, dichlorvos, would be added as “priority substances” and subject to maximum concentration levels in water. The acaricide, dicofol, the insecticide, heptachlor, and the fungicide, quinoxyfen would become “priority hazardous substances” and be subject to stronger measures to stop releases into water. In addition, EU member states would have to carry out long-term analysis of concentrations of those latter three ais in sediments and relevant biota.