Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 4978-4990; doi:10.3390/ijerph110504978
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Requiring Pollutant Discharge Permits for Pesticide Applications that Deposit Residues in Surface Waters

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Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 21 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 May 2014 / Published: 8 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue IJERPH: 10th Anniversary)
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Abstract: Agricultural producers and public health authorities apply pesticides to control pests that damage crops and carry diseases. Due to the toxic nature of most pesticides, they are regulated by governments. Regulatory provisions require pesticides to be registered and restrictions operate to safeguard human health and the environment. Yet pesticides used near surface waters pose dangers to non-target species and drinking water supplies leading some governments to regulate discharges of pesticides under pollution discharge permits. The dual registration and discharge permitting provisions are burdensome. In the United States, agricultural interest groups are advancing new legislation that would exempt pesticide residues from water permitting requirements. An analysis of the dangers posed by pesticide residues in drinking water leads to a conclusion that both pesticide registration and pollutant discharge permitting provisions are needed to protect human health and aquatic species.
Keywords: pesticides; registration; water quality; pollutant discharge permits; pesticide residues
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Centner, T.; Eberhart, N. Requiring Pollutant Discharge Permits for Pesticide Applications that Deposit Residues in Surface Waters. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 4978-4990.

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Centner T, Eberhart N. Requiring Pollutant Discharge Permits for Pesticide Applications that Deposit Residues in Surface Waters. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(5):4978-4990.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Centner, Terence; Eberhart, Nicholas. 2014. "Requiring Pollutant Discharge Permits for Pesticide Applications that Deposit Residues in Surface Waters." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 5: 4978-4990.


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