The Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme (PLAP)

The Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme (PLAP) is an early-warning monitoring programme, which has two main objectives:

  1. To evaluate if approved pesticides and/or their degradation products leach to the groundwater in concentrations above the permitted limit.
  2. To prepare and inform about the scientific foundation for optimising the Danish authorities’ approval and regulation procedures for pesticides based on the collected monitoring data.

The PLAP is headed by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) in close cooperation with the Department of Agroecology (AGRO) at Aarhus University, as subsupplier, the Department of Bioscience (BIOS) at Aarhus University and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).