Re: effects of pesticides
Meriel Watts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 21 May 1998 10:48:57 +1200
On the subject of spray drift, perhaps someone on SANET can offer some
information: the New Zealand government is proposing a regulation that will
effectively legalise low levels of spray drift. The proposed regulation
aims to make illegal any levels of spray drift over a calculated Maximum
Exposure Level(MEL), thereby making legal any levels below the MEL. The
MEL is based on the acceptable daily intake (ADI) which is in turned based
on acute toxicity for a 70kg healthy adult. Naturally there are some
concerns about what protection the MEL will afford people who are not 70kg,
not healthy, on medication, exposed to more than one incident of drift per
day, or who are organic growers - organic growers will lose certfication
with any level of drift. Additionally, the MEL will be different for every
different pesticide, so the user is very unlikely to work out just how much
of each spray he/she can legally drift on to the neighbour.
Could anyone provide information on what other countries have in the way of
regulations on spray drift - do you know of any country that has legalised
certain levels of drift?
many thanks for your help with this
PO Box 46-076
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