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European Commission urges Germany to act more against nitrate pollution in water

11:23 AM MDT | July 29, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission says it is urging Germany to take stronger measures to combat water pollution caused by nitrates. The latest figures submitted by Germany in 2012 show that pollution in ground- and surface water caused by nitrates is getting worse. Germany has not taken sufficient additional measures to reduce and prevent nitrate pollution, as required under EU law, despite the worsening trends, according to the commission. Excess levels of nitrates can damage freshwater and the marine environment by promoting eutrophication, the excessive growth of algae...

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