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April 20, 2021

58 pc of the area of Romania vulnerable to nitrate pollution

The Danube basin has become increasingly polluted over the years and our country is the third last in Europe as far as the territorial water defence is concerned, Gabriel Ionita, environment representative of the World Bank Office in Romania, stated during a specialized seminar yesterday. A recent report prepared by the ‘Romanian Water’ Administration (ANAR) and by the National R&D Institute in the Filed of Pedology, Agricultural Chemistry and Environmental Protection (ICPA Bucharest) suggests that a total of 1,963 Romanian localities representing 137,565 sq km or almost 58 per cent of the area of the country had been identified as nitrate pollution vulnerable areas.

In addition, Romania is one of the most important polluters with nitrates in the Danube river basin, specialists say.

‘Romania is one of the nitrate polluters of the Danube river basin. I believe every single state could drive a huge advantage out of the territorial defence of its waters as it happens in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands and Slovenia. Romania is the antepenultimate state form this point of view, only followed by Portugal and Poland’, Ionita said.

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