Minister defends EC rules on nitrate pollution

An independent review panel is to be established by the Government to assess complaints from farmers that their land has been wrongly incorporated within nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs), junior Environment Minister Sir Paul Beresford announced during an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 14 March. But he rejected criticisms that the 1991 EC Directive on nitrate in water which requires NVZs to be established was unfairly weighted against agricultural interests.

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