These Regulations aim to reduce water pollution by limiting the amount of chemical phosphorus fertiliser applied to land. They restrict the amount of chemical fertiliser applied to land taking into consideration the phosphorous already available from the soil and organic manures and impose a duty on the controller of a holding to prevent water pollution. In addition the Regulations: impose an obligation on the owner and/or controller of a holding to follow guidance issued by the Department of the Environment and/or the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Code of Good Agricultural Practice; require the keeping of detailed records; restrict the amount of chemical phosphorus fertiliser applied to land to crop requirement for phosphorus whilst taking into consideration the phosphorus already available from the soil and organic manures. In regards to eutrophication, they supplement the measures in the Nitrates Action Programme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 which implement Article 5 of European Council Directive 91/676/EEC.
Implements: Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (S.I. No. 2778, N.I. 9 of 1997). (1997-11-26)
Implements: Council Directive 91/676/EEC concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources. (1991-12-12)
Repeals: Phosphorus (Use in Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. No. 488 of 2007). (2006-12-01)
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