Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nitrate report: Too much slurry – TIME ONLINE

The nitrate levels in the groundwater are, in Germany, as in many places. According to a report by the Federal government to the EU Commission. Thus, in 28% of the considered measuring the limits of 50 milligrams per Liter for the harmful Düngestoff make exceeded, quoted by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung from the Report. In the past years, no significant changes had been made in Germany in the case of nitrate pollution””.

is Problematic, the Findings suggest that the high Occurrence of phosphorus, which can get on agricultural land, ultimately, in the North sea and the Baltic sea and the algae growth-friendly. In this regard, 65 percent of the measured meadows to lakes and rivers to high levels.

cause of this is agriculture, which comprises applying nutrients in the Form of manure or artificial fertiliser on the fields is from the perspective of the Federal Ministry of the environment. It was “in the sense of our common good, if we are here, stronger than before against taxes,” said Federal environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) of the newspaper. The only “tougher fertilizer rules”. You referred to the 2016, completed the amendment of the Düngerechts, which is not yet entered, but not yet in force.

“The intensification of agriculture comes to us again and again expensive,” said Hendricks. The Excess of nutrients is harmful to the biodiversity. Additional costs for drinking water supply are not excluded, even though there is yet no impairment was noted.

Background to the report is that the EU has sued the Commission for breach of EU nitrate Directive. Germany had failed, stricter measures against the pollution of Water by nitrates. In January, the Federal government must transmit a response. In the event of a condemnation of Germany, threaten high fines.

nitrate plants to Grow and is often used as a fertilizer. Excessive amounts of nitrate can lead to severe water pollution and reduce the biodiversity in the waters. A concentration above the applicable limit may have according to the EU Commission a considerable impact on the health of people, in particular pregnant women and young children.


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