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Brazilian state mulls agchem deposit rule changes

Proposed legislation in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul envisages the installation of pesticide deposit storage facilities “regardless of the distance of residences and commercial, rural industrial or urban centres”. State MP Marlon Santos has issued draft bill PL 154/2014, which is being considered by the Justice and Constitution Committee. The bill follows the withdrawal of similar proposals last year, and in the opinion of the proposer is “more comprehensive”. The focus is on empty pesticide containers, the storage of which requires inspection, the MP says. Current rules stipulate a minimum distance of 30 m to such centres and residences, which critics argue impacts small-scale businesses.

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