Proposals for implementing EC rules on sewage, nitrate

Government proposals for the criteria which water pollution control authorities will use when identifying waters requiring special protection against sewage and nitrate pollution were issued for consultation on 11 March.1 The authorities' decisions will determine the size of the bill facing water undertakers in improving standards of sewage treatment and the scale of the land use restrictions which will have to be imposed on farmers to curtail nitrate leaching.

The proposals are part of the Government's plans for implementing two 1991 EC Directives. These deal with municipal wastewater treatment (ENDS Report 194, pp 34-5), and the control of nitrate pollution from agricultural sources (ENDS Report 205, p 35 ).

Both Directives impose general duties on Member States t

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