Nitrates Directive

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England amongst the worst for nitrate pollution

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Advocate General Geelhoed for the European Court of Justice has recommended that Belgium be condemned for comprehensively failing to comply with the Nitrates Directive (Directive 91/676/EEC).

Edie environmental case law update (April 2005)

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UK research shows that even approved use of phosphate fertilisers pollutes watercourses

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Yorkshire Water tests 'revolutionary' nitrate removal system

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Commission acts against UK over nitrates pollution

The European Commission is applying to the European Court of Justice against the UK for failing to comply with the EU Nitrates Directive.

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