Factsheet: Nitrates


Key Information


Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Decree No. 2001-34 on action programs to implement for the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Décret nº 2001-34 relatif aux programmes d'action à mettre en oeuvre en vue de la protection des eaux contre la pollution par les nitrates d'origine agricole.
This decree covers the provisions implementing the programs of action for the protection of waters against pollution of water by direct or indirect discharge of nitrates from agricultural sources. These programs include the necessary control of fertilization measures and appropriate management of farmland to limit to an acceptable level leakage of nitrogen compounds in surface and groundwater. Programs are approved by the prefect and are subject to review at least every four years. Article 2 defines the maximum amount of nitrogen that may be contained in livestock manure applied (210 kg per hectare after the first program and 170 kg per hectare per year at the end of the next).
water protection
Responsible Authority: 
Ministère de l'agriculture, de l'agroalimentarie et de la forêt - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry


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