Dispute on nitrate pollution referred to European Court

The High Court has thrown into doubt the way in which the 1991 EC Directive on nitrate pollution from agriculture has been implemented in the UK. A group of farmers had challenged the legality of the designation of nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs) under the Directive, and on 7 May the court decided that the issues of EC law were sufficiently uncertain for the matter to be referred to the European Court of Justice.

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