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FY 2008 Survey Results of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used on Golf Courses

November 16, 2009

The MOE has collected the results of a monitoring survey of agricultural chemicals on golf courses conducted by local governments and regional environment offices in FY 2008.
The monitoring survey was conducted according to the "Tentative Guideline for the Prevention of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used on Golf Courses", hereinafter referred as "the Guideline". 23,403 samples from 634 golf courses were examined in the survey, and no samples exceeding guideline targets were detected.

The MOE notified all prefectures of the Guideline in 1990 in order to prevent water pollution caused by agricultural chemicals used on golf courses. The methods of measurement of agricultural chemicals used on golf courses and the Guideline values of agricultural chemicals are described therein.
Local governments administer golf courses in accordance with the Guideline.
The MOE requires local governments to report on their monitoring surveys (regional environment offices began participating in the monitoring surveys in FY 2004).
The MOE will manage all concerned parties in close cooperation with local governments to prevent water pollution by agricultural chemicals.

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