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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Three out of every 10 Irish rivers are
polluted, chiefly from sewage or agricultural fertilizer, the
government's Environmental Protection Agency has found.
A survey of Ireland's 8,000 miles of rivers and streams, 500
lakes, 69 tidal waters and 300 groundwater sources found the worst
pollution in rivers, 30 percent of which were rated as slightly or
It found that less sewage was getting into rivers but more
fertilizer was seeping into them -- a particularly sensitive issue in
rural Ireland. The European Union is prosecuting Ireland for failing
to enact EU controls on using fertilizer. Irish farming organizations
insist such controls would destroy their livelihoods.
The EPA survey found much better quality in Ireland's lakes, 91
percent of which were deemed in satisfactory shape. However it found
a particular problem in the Irish midland lakes, where pig farms were
causing a deterioration in water quality.
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