Ireland, Germany and Belgium are to be granted derogations from the EU nitrates directive after a committee of member states convened under the 1991 nitrates directive approved the move on Monday. The derogations will allow the three countries to apply livestock manure to land at rates above the EU limit of 170kg nitrogen per year under certain circumstances and with certain conditions attached. The European Commission will confirm the derogations in a formal EU decision by the end of the year. See Irish environment ministry press release.
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