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Nitrate in Groundwater and Surface Water

Jülich, 13 January 2017 – The latest nitrate report revealed that the nitrate levels in our groundwater exceed the limits applicable in the EU. Jülich scientists are investigating how badly contaminated the groundwater and surface water in various German regions is and how the nitrate enters the system. The excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers remains the key issue. The "nitrogen surplus”"must therefore be reduced. On 19 January, the German Bundestag will discuss an amendment to the regulation on fertilizers (Düngeverordnung).

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