Water care specialist slams pending EU ban on Diquat

Threat to the balance of nature likely, following removal of Diquat alginate

A leading water management specialist has hit out at Brussels bureaucrats for banning the use of the only known weed killer that can eradicate some of the foreign invasive species that are beginning to clog our rivers, lakes and ponds. Following a 1 July 2002 notification of removal for Diquat alginate by the European Union, the Pesticide Safety Directorate implemented a two-year “use up” period, giving those involved in water management until 30 June 2004 to use up remaining stock. But Dorset-based Kingcombe Aquacare believes the ban will allow the spread of invasive weeds such as Crassula helmsii and Hydrocotyle ranunculoides to such an extent that the balance of nature in our countryside and parks will come under threat, endangering many species of indigenous plants and water life. Kingcombe Aquacare managing director John Coulton said: “We all have to act extremely quickly to get rid of these atrocities before existing stocks of Diquat alginate are exhausted. It’s just typical of EU bureaucrats to ban the only effective weapon we had in our fight to eradicate these foreign invaders from our island. Unfortunately, getting rid of them is not easy as each species has to be eradicated using different techniques.”

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