BRITAIN is being threatened with fresh legal action over its failure to comply with a European Court of Justice ruling concerning ground waters and surface freshwaters affected by nitrate pollution. These proceedings could result in London being given massive recurring fines of up to Euro 100,000 a day, until it obeys the ECJ.

The court ruled in December 2000 that the UK was in breach of the EU's Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC) by failing to "properly and comprehensively" identify such waters. The European Commission has now decided to ...

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