Mr Philippe Martin, the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and Mr Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, have signed two decrees for strengthening the battle against the contamination by nitrites with the aim of reconciling the financial results of the agricultural activities and the environmental requirements.
The Decree relating to the fifth national action programme on vulnerable areas sets conditions in order to sprinkle slurry/dung on steep and wet plots, as well as the requisites for spreading the slurry/dung during the rainy season. It also foresees the planting of vegetation along the riverbanks. The Resolution of 19th December 2011 is also modified, the minimum storage capacity of the effluents according to the kind of farm is established, and certain rules of the production of nitrogen are updated.
The second Order specifies, for the Prefects of the departments, the rules to follow for the determination of the regional action programmes. It foresees group discussions at a regional level, the reinforcement, in some especially sensitive areas, of the control measures for nitrates, the terms of the determination of the areas in which more actions should be carried out and the measures that will be applied in these areas.
Friday October 25, 2013/ Ministère de l'Agriculture, la Fôret et la Silviculture/ France.