Sweden moves on EU nitrogen reprimand
The Swedish environmental protection agency (EPA) is to draft proposals for reducing nitrogen discharges from sewage treatment plants, and ultimately for cutting releases by 75%. The project responds to European Commission criticism that too few Swedish plants are equipped to remove nitrogen, which can cause eutrophication in the marine environment. In an ambitious national environmental strategy launched two years ago, Sweden set a target of at least a 30% reduction in nitrogen discharged into the Baltic by agriculture, sewage and other sources (EED 04/05/01). See Swedish environment ministry press release.