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Title: Survey of the non-agricultural use of pesticdes within the Thames region
Author: National Rivers Authority Thames Region
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: December 1993
The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has a duty to maintain and improve the quality of both surface and groundwater (controlled waters). It is essential that the use or discharge of chemicals, which have the potential to affect the quality of these controlled waters, are carefully assessed and regulated in an appropriate manner. In the case of pesticides there are over 450 active ingredients approved for use in the UK and these are related to a variety of agricultural and non-agricultural uses. Pesticides comprise a wide range of mainly organic chemicals which are used to kill particular organisms. The generic term pesticide includes herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and a range of other biocidal agents. They are marketed as formulated products which contain a series of one or more active ingredients which are pesticidal in nature. Pesticides are used by, amongst others: farmers in agriculture; householders in domestic situations; local authorities, for highway and park maintenance etc; other organisations (eg. Water Companies, Airports, British Rail); industry (eg. timber treatment works). Their varied and widespread use poses an obvious threat to the water environment.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1993
Publication Place: Reading
Subject Keywords: Aquatic environmentPollution controlPesticidesWater quality
Extent: n.p. [29]
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