Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (England and Wales) Regulations (as amended)

Applies to England Applies to Wales

Title: Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (England and Wales) Regulations (as amended)

Note: These Regulations were revoked and replaced by the The Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 & The Nitrate Pollution Prevention (Wales) Regulations 2013

Category: England and Wales Regulations

Date: 1998 (amended 2003 - Wales)

Reference: SI 1998/1202 [Full text] (2003/1852 (W.202) - Wales) [Full text]

General Description:

These Regulations establish an action programme for nitrate vulnerable zones which were designated by the Protection of Water against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (England and Wales) Regulations 1996. The Regulations implement the requirement to establish such a programme in Article 5 of Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution by nitrates from agricultural sources.

The occupier of a farm or livestock unit all or part of which is in a nitrate vulnerable zone is required to ensure that the action programme is implemented in relation to the farm or livestock unit or to that part of it which is in the nitrate vulnerable zone.

These Regulations provide for monitoring of the action programme, for notices to be served requiring remedial action where there is, or has been, a contravention of the requirement to ensure the action programme is implemented and for a procedure to appeal against notices requiring remedial action.

Breaches of the regulations are made criminal offences.

The 2003 amendment for Wales provides (in relation to those further areas designated as nitrate vulnerable zones by virtue of the Protection of Water Against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002) that the date for the multiplier of 210kg shall be extended to 19 December 2006. In relation to those areas designated as nitrate vulnerable zones prior to the 2002 Regulations the relevant date remains the 19 December 2002.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Agricultural Pollution, Nitrate

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