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Pesticides found in over half of Italy's surface water

Nearly one third of groundwater contaminated, ISPRA says

Pesticides found in over half of Italy's surface water

Rome, April 8 - Traces of pesticides exist in over half of Italy's surface water and nearly one third of its groundwater, according to Italy's Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA). In its National Pesticide Report released Monday, ISPRA said traces of contamination were found in 55.1% of 1,297 samples of surface water, and 28.2% of 2,324 samples of groundwater in 2010. A total of 166 types of pesticides were identified, compared to 118 in the 2007-2008 period. ISPRA used data provided by regional authorities. The highest traces were found in the Po River Valley in the northeastern Veneto region. Researchers cited the high amount of agriculture in the area, but said it could also be due to more thorough analysis in northern regions compared to the south.

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