The European Commission to sue Germany over water pollution caused by nitrates

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03 May

Since the Commission considers that the water pollution by nitrates is also not sufficiently addressed by the German authorities in the framework of the ongoing revision of the national action programme, it has decided to refer this country to the Court of Justice of the EU.

The European Union legislation establishes maximum levels of nitrates not to be exceeded in the water. Nitrates are widely used as fertilisers in agriculture.  Excess levels are dangerous for nature and human health.

The Nitrates Directive forms an integral part of the Water Framework Directive. It requires Member States to monitor their waters and to reduce nitrate pollution where it has been identified.

“The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 and several recent reports from the German authorities show worsening nitrate pollution in groundwater and surface waters, including the Baltic Sea. Since the Commission considers that the water pollution by nitrates is also not sufficiently addressed by the German authorities in the framework of the ongoing revision of the national action programme, it has decided to refer this country to the Court of Justice of the EU.”

To read more:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1453_en.htm

EU fact sheet: "The Nitrates Directive"
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