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EC: S. Romania – among regions with highest level of nitrates in subterranean waters

According to a report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive, a report published on Thursday by the European Commission, southern Romania is included among the European Union’s regions that have the highest levels of nitrates in subterranean waters, Mediafax informs. The agricultural use of chemical and organic fertilizers that contain nitrates is a major source of water pollution in Europe, the aforementioned report shows, pointing out nevertheless that although they are vital for crop growing the nitrates are harmful for humans.


The report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive, a legislative document meant to keep in check the pollution and to improve water quality, shows a stabilization and even a drop in the presence of nitrates in the EU. However the report shows that despite these encouraging trends there are numerous regions where the concentration of nitrates has alarming dimensions. Thus, large concentrations of nitrates are found in subterranean waters in Estonia, north-eastern Netherlands, Belgium’s Flanders region, England, some regions of France, northern Italy, north-eastern Spain, south-eastern Slovakia, southern Romania, Malta and Cyprus. EC has also identified particularly large concentrations of nitrates in surface waters in Malta, England, Flanders (Belgium) and France’s Brittany region.

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