Farms still main cause of nitrate pollution

Nitrogen and phosphorus levels still falling; dangerous substances law codification imminent

Nitrogen pollution of water bodies is still caused overwhelmingly by agriculture, which contributes up to 80% in some catchments, a new survey by the European environment agency (EEA) has found. Overall levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are continuing fall, it reveals. One of the agency's aims its to identify policy gaps preventing further pollution cuts. In a separate development, the council of ministers is to approve imminently a 'codification' of all amendments to the 1976 dangerous substances directive, which puts limits on discharges to water. The law is being superseded by the 2000 water framework directive. See EEA report and directive 76/464 consolidation.

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