Court slams Irish failure on nitrates pollution

The European court of justice has issued a comprehensive condemnation of Ireland's efforts to apply EU rules on controlling nitrate pollution. In a judgement released yesterday in a case brought by the European Commission, it said Dublin had failed to identify polluted waters and nitrate vulnerable zones, and had not established action and monitoring programmes required by the 1991 law. Environment minister Martin Cullen said Ireland had "significantly advanced" its implementation of the nitrates directive since the case was opened. See judgement in case C-396/01, plus responses from Mr Cullen and the Commission.

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