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Pesticides and groundwater

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Toxic Substances and Environmental Oversight.

Pesticides and groundwater

hearing before the Subcommittee on Toxic Substances and Environmental Oversight of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, Ninety-ninth Congress, second session, September 9, 1986.

by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Toxic Substances and Environmental Oversight.

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Published by U.S. G.P.O., For sale by the Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office, U.S. G.P.O. in Washington .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Pesticides -- Environmental aspects -- United States.,
  • Groundwater -- Pollution -- United States.

  • Edition Notes

    SeriesS. hrg -- 99-888.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationiii, 141 p. ;
    Number of Pages141
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17669590M

    Despite this, monitoring and surveillance is still needed. Integrated Pest Management IPM seeks to reduce pesticide use to the minimum level necessary to produce high-quality food and agricultural products while protecting human health and environmental quality The New York State IPM program operates under five objectives: To minimize crop losses caused by insects, weeds, and plant diseases. Studies have shown, for example, that the public is willing to accept a risk as high as 1 in 10, from eating peanut butter, which may be contaminated with aflatoxin, a natural mold and one of the most potent carcinogens known to man, but would reject using a synthetic chemical with a cancer risk factor times lower. By combining all these factors, the areas most vulnerable and the practices most conducive to pesticide contamination of groundwater can be determined table 3. Funding was provided by the New York Farmers' Fund.

    Was this information useful? Carcinogenic Compounds Drinking water standards are set in a different manner for carcinogenic pesticides. Many factors determine whether a pesticide will leach to groundwater, including pesticide properties, soil characteristics, site conditions, and management practices. If the level of groundwater contamination reaches the MCL for a specific pesticide the Contaminant Response Task Group may enforce mandatory measures including prohibiting the use of the pesticide in the area of the detection. Monitoring, or "scouting," is used to detect pest infestations so that pesticide applications can be targeted to times of need.

    It can also occur within the soil structure by displacement of pesticides from absorption sites near water and through treated soil that has moved into the water through soil erosion. National Academy Press, Washington, D. Whether this level of risk is acceptable to an individual is a highly subjective and complex issue. When they determine that a pesticide can be risky for ground or surface water, they add statements to the product label.


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Apply pesticides specifically to the target site,avoiding wells and surface water such as ponds and streams. Protecting Groundwater Many factors determine whether a pesticide will reach groundwater, including its chemical properties, the soil type, the depth to groundwater, and the pesticide management practices.

Extra precautions are needed to protect groundwater in such cases. They have been banned in developed countries for agricultural use but are still used in many developing countries. When practicing chemigation, the risk of pesticide leaching can be minimized by using the lowest amount of water needed to activate the pesticide.

A study in the May Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives found pre-natal exposure to harmful chemicals poses an array of other dangers as well.

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The Environmental Protection Agency currently is attempting to revise this system to provide a more realistic assessment of total exposure from all sources. Preparation of seedbeds and planting allows crops to emerge quickly, potentially reducing early season disease and insect damage that reduces the amount of pesticides needed.

These include: depth to groundwater topography climate and irrigation practices Depth to Groundwater. You may also telephone the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at Other sources of exposure, such as pesticides consumed in food, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin, are not included.

Environmental Protection Agency and U. IPM programs can help protect groundwater by promoting the use of a variety of economically and ecologically sound pest control techniques rather than sole reliance on chemical pesticides. Atrazine has been known to alter the genetic characteristics of frogs and even low doses of atrazine can cause frogs to develop female organs.

To maximize the effectiveness of pesticide use. One group replacing them has been the organophosphorous compounds such as malathion and diazinon. In corn fields, the decline was even steeper, due to the switchover to transgenic Bt corn.

Was this information useful? Proper irrigation management is critical to minimize the risk of pesticides infiltrating ground water. Evaluate the proximity of your well to areas of pesticide use.

The Technical Committee includes individuals from the North Dakota research universities and various federal and state agencies. These include the pyrethroidsrotenoidsnicotinoidsand a fourth group that includes strychnine and scilliroside.

Therefore, pesticides and residues also nitrates and phosphates can be quickly transported to contaminate ground water and freshwater supplies over a large geographical area. Drinking water and health. Risks to human health can also arise. Studies have shown, for example, that the public is willing to accept a risk as high as 1 in 10, from eating peanut butter, which may be contaminated with aflatoxin, a natural mold and one of the most potent carcinogens known to man, but would reject using a synthetic chemical with a cancer risk factor times lower.

It does not accumulate in body tissues and has not been found to cause cancer, birth defects, genetic changes, or other chronic health problems in laboratory animals.Pesticide Risk in Groundwater provides an overview of the main issues concerning pesticide pollution of groundwater worldwide.

The book is divided into five sections. Section I reviews experimental data of groundwater monitoring to indicate the extent of the problem on a global basis. Based on this evaluation, herbicides are examined in depth. The measurements in the monitoring wells showed that where pesticides are used, % (minimal and maximal estimation) of the wells in shallow groundwater (1 to 20 m below soil surface) contain.

Pesticides can move off-site to contaminate surface water and leach to groundwater. Damage to nontarget organisms and pollution to the soil and air are well documented [ 59 ]. The released pesticides into the environment and their impacts on many species have been known for a long atlasbowling.com by: Protecting Groundwater Pesticide Contamination of Groundwater Leaching is the movement of a chemical (natural or synthetic) with water moving downward through soil or rock.

When water that is moving downward from the surface contains chemicals -- or comes into contact with them as it moves -- the chemicals may be carried along with the water until they eventually reach the groundwater.

This website provides easy access to all the pesticide-related information that is contained in various pesticide topical sites.

It also includes news and meeting information, an A-Z index, and more. Pesticides and Groundwater Quality: Issues and Problems in Four States [National Research Council, Board on Agriculture, Patrick W. Holden] on atlasbowling.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Pesticides in groundwater can contaminate drinking water and threaten the health of communities.

How does this contamination occur and what should be done about this pressing problem?Cited by: