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Press Release

FY 2004 Survey Results of Water Pollution by Agricultural Chemicals Used at Golf Courses

November 11, 2005

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has compiled the monitoring results of drainages from golf courses conducted by prefectural governments in FY 2004 according to the "Provisional Guidelines on Prevention of Water Pollution through the Use of Agricultural Chemicals on Golf Couses" (hereinafter referred to as "the Guidelines"). The concentration of 45 agricultural chemicals in the drainages at 997 golf courses was monitored with 45,880 samples, and no sample exceeded the guideline target (Tables 1 & 2).

In order to prevent water pollution caused by agricultural chemicals used at golf courses, the MOE notified the Guidelines to the prefectural governments in May 1990, in which the method of water quality survey and guideline target,of drainage for 45 agricultural chemicals are establishied. Prefectural governments submit reports on the monitoring results to the MOE every year since FY 1990.


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