13 October 1995

No clampdown on phosphates yet

SPECIFIC new laws to control the use of phosphate on farms are unlikely, for the time being at least.

Before any moves in that direction are made there will have to be "good justification", EC policy maker Dr Frederick Mariën told a TEAGASC workshop in Wexford, Eire.

Damage to lakes and rivers caused by phosphate from soils was highlighted at the meeting. The EC was "still examining the possibility" of new legislation, said Dr Mariën. "But there are not enough grounds yet."

Proposals for a new directive on the ecological protection of water could embrace phosphate, he acknowledged. "But so far there is no need for further action."