In his letter Mr Roberts said scientists had now shown a credible link between the use of OP sheep dip
and ill-health amongst farmers.
Philip Rees, the independent chair of the Sheep Dip
Steering Group which leads the initiative, said the programme had a number of key actions to minimise the environmental risks from sheep-dip chemicals, while meeting the needs of the industry.
The congregation at Westwood Church in Westwood Heath is using a full- sized sheep dip
for adult baptisms.
A recent government-funded study claimed that one-fifth of all farmers exposed to sheep dip
suffer long-term damage.
The last, established in 1988 and based in Cambridge, has over 450 documented cases of health damage as a result of exposure to OP sheep dips
, provides counselling for sufferers and publicises the issue.
FARMERS across Northumberland and County Durham have been warned that they could face a fine of up to pounds 50,000 if they dispose of their sheep dip
Mr Thomas had admitted a charge under Section 85 (1) of the Water Resources Act 1991 after diazinon-based sheep dip
entered a stream at Hen Borth, Anglesey, near his farm.
"The largest single category, accounting for 28,000 tonnes, is sheep dip
containing harmful organosphosphates."
Until now, one has only been needed for organophosphorus sheep dips
but Food Safety minister Jeff Rooker announced the scheme would be extended to cover all sheep dips
from January 1, 1999.
The report from the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists about chronic symptoms suffered by farmers exposed to organophosphate sheep dip
will fuel a long-running debate over the dangers posed by these chemicals.
"This joint industry initiative aims to raise awareness of sheep dip
pollution and develop a best practice working guide to reduce water pollution.
But the FUW's senior policy officer Rhian Nowell-Phillips said ministers had 'jumped the gun' in instituting an effective ban while the VMD and the Environment Agency were still consulting the industry about sheep dips