Factsheet: Nitrates


Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Royal Decree 261/1996, dated February 16, on the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Real Decreto 261/1996, de 16 de febrero, sobre protección de las aguas contra la contaminación producida por los nitratos procedentes de fuentes agrarias
Royal Decree 261/1996 transposed into the Spanish legal system the Directive 91/676/EEC, concerning the general planning of the economy, legislation on water resources and basic legislation on environmental protection.
water protection against nitrate pollution of agricultural origin
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment


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