Daily News Archive
From March 2, 2001
USDA Posed to Begin Monitoring Drinking Water for Pesticides
The U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Pesticide
Data Program (PDP) will begin a water monitoring survey in March 2001,
designed to produce statistically reliable human consumption data on
pesticides in drinking water. To date, PDP activities have focused on
producing pesticide residue data in food commodities. This pilot survey
will introduce drinking water analyses to the program.
This data is necessary
to satisfy the requirements of the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA).
The FQPA requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform
aggregate risk assessments that are used to make regulatory decisions
about pesticides. In the opinion of many in the environmental community
such a program is well overdue.
PDP will conduct the initial water survey in community water systems in California and New York. The United States Geological Survey has been working collaboratively with PDP and will be conducting sample collection for the survey. The New York and California PDP laboratories will perform sample analyses.
regarding PDP can be obtained by contacting Martha Lamont, Pesticide
Data Branch, Science and Technology, Agricultural Marketing Service,
USDA, 8700 Centreville Road, Suite 200, Manassas, VA 20110; phone (703)
330-2300, fax (703) 369-0678.