Factsheet: Nitrates

Nitrates

Key Information

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Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Decree-Law No. 235/97 on protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Decreto-Lei n.º 235/97
Description: 
This Decree-Law establishes the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources. It consists of 13 articles and 5 annexes specifying that the objectives of this Decree-Law are to reduce and avoid the freshwater pollution caused by the said fertilizers. Annexes specify the criteria of identification of polluted waters, methods to use such fertilizers, etc.
Goal/Aim: 
Water protection against nitrate pollution of agricultural origin.
Responsible Authority: 
Ministério da Agricultura, do Desenvolvimento Rural e das Pescas (MADRP) - Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (MADRP)

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1997
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2012