UK faces EC challengeover nitrate controls

Regulations establishing an action programme to curb nitrate leaching from farms were laid before Parliament in May. They should enable the UK to escape legal action by the European Commission for non-compliance with the 1991 Directive on nitrate from agriculture - but the Government is facing the trickier challenge of persuading the Commission that it should not be taken to the European Court of Justice for introducing controls in only some catchments with high nitrate levels.

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