Proving pesticide content in water contamination

Pesticides are potent weapons in stopping the destruction of crops. Even open spaces such as golf courses, public parks, and forest clearings are also fair game for their application. However, the sprayings may be more than what’s needed. Some experts claim that excess pesticide can drip down in to the soil and right down to any water sources. In a lawsuit involving alleged contamination of potable water from pesticide leaks or excess spraying, a number of factors must be proven.

First, the chemical itself should be certified as water soluble and made from environmentally safe substances. Environmental factors at the contamination area may include soil porosity, proximity to water sources, and the amount of vegetation. The types of equipment used in spraying the chemicals will be vital as well, such as when the plaintiff needs to prove that a contamination was brought about as a result of a leaky tank.

An expert witness will also look into whether the pesticide product has a Maximum Contaminant Level, or MCL, as stated by the Environmental Protection Agency. MCL is the highest concentration of a chemical that is allowed into the public water system. It is determined through studying the effects of the chemical and the doses that trigger them.


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