Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Overcast    6 / -1   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

France taken to court by Commission over water pollution


08:42, February 28, 2012

BRUSSELS, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission on Monday took France to the European Court of Justice for its failure to effectively address water pollution by nitrates as required in a European Union (EU) directive.

According to the 1991 nitrates directive, EU member states must designate areas vulnerable to pollution from nitrates and reduce the areas through various measures.

France, however, has not designated which zones are vulnerable to nitrate pollution or adopted necessary measures to reduce pollution, the commission, the EU's executive arm, said here on Monday.

Water quality data also revealed some un-designated areas in France were in fact vulnerable to pollution by nitrates, it added.

Nitrates are essential for plants to grow and thus widely used as fertilizers, but excess levels will cause water pollution.

Monday's decision was part of the nearly 200 decisions from the commission to act against member states for not abiding by EU legislation.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Traditional techniques facing disappearance

  2. 84th Annual Academy Awards winners

  3. Spring sacrificing ceremony held in Taipei

  4. Steel output of Baogang Group rises in 2011

Most Popular


  1. Questions facing NATO's strategic transformation
  2. US, DPRK talks offer window into new leadership
  3. Chinese people's feelings cannot be hurt
  4. US far from being model of social wealth distribution
  5. China will run short of 25 kinds of minerals by 2020
  6. Fish out the loan sharks
  7. American-style democracy unsuitable for Iraq
  8. Finding out truth crucial to resolving Syrian crisis
  9. Deposit reserve ratio cut does not mean policy shift
  10. Is West genuinely trying to 'save' Syria?

What's happening in China

Volunteers send warmth to Muslim orphans in Ningxia

  1. No-smoking rules given a new push
  2. Tests clear alleged carcinogenic floors
  3. First subway crossing Yangtze River completed
  4. Gentler reminders to replace ugliness
  5. Police unconvinced by 'kidney theft'

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai