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EU raises Irish water quality concerns as nitrates derogation hangs in the balance

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Photo: Robert Jones

Photo: Robert Jones

Environment Minister Simon Coveney Photo: Tom Burke

Environment Minister Simon Coveney Photo: Tom Burke

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Photo: Robert Jones

Farmers are facing a battle to hold onto their nitrates derogations as EU officials assess our application for rolling exemptions to phosphorus and nitrogen limits.

The EPA has already concluded that there was a drop in water quality in rivers from 2012 to 2015, despite the implementation of closed periods for spreading fertiliser and the billions spent on the Farm Waste Management Scheme.


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