MCPA monitoring continues…adhere to the label
MCPA monitoring and sampling is continuing in four priority catchments in counties Longford, Kilkenny and Limerick, as part of an industry-led stewardship programme.
Sampling is presently taking place every two weeks in these catchments. Sampling was carried out on a weekly basis in April and May and will be carried out on a weekly basis in August and September. Sampling exclusively targets phenoxy acid-based herbicides.
If improvements are not seen in MCPA levels – throughout the two-year programme – further restrictions on the product’s use will be implemented.
- Follow label rates;
- Follow label instructions;
- Adhere to the 5m buffer zone;
- Apply in appropriate conditions.
The sampling being carried out is part of an industry-led stewardship scheme, which is currently supplementing the routine sampling programme undertaken by local authorities on behalf of Irish Water.
Changes to labels
Some changes have been made to MCPA regulations already. In order to keep MCPA on the market in this country, levels of the product in water must be reduced.
A list of straight MCPA products that have undergone significant label changes are outlined below.