Nitrates and Their Control in the EEC Aquatic Environment

  • J. J. Fried
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 30)


Nitrate levels in the European Economic Community (EEC) aquatic environment (i.e., surface, ground and coastal waters) are steadily increasing, with two major consequences: (1) an increased risk of degradation of drinking water; and (2) eutrophication of continental and coastal aquifers, which can harm fishing and tourism. EEC Member States have individually and collectively taken action to prevent further increases in nitrate levels in water and to reduce these levels where they exceed specified concentrations. Nitrate levels and control measures in the twelve European Economic Community (EEC) Member States are surveyed, and controls measures at the EEC level described. Suggestions are put forward for a global approach to control nitrate pollution.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Fried
    • 1
  1. 1.BrusselsBelgium

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