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Waste controls on farms

by 5m Editor
15 July 2003, at 12:00am

UK - Because the UK is currently facing infraction proceedings for failure to comply fully with EU waste management rules, Defra is expected to issue a consultation paper this autumn...

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...which will propose extending current waste regulations to cover agricultural wastes.

It looks likely the Environment Agency will be responsible for regulating 180,000 farms under new waste management controls and for this will require around a thousand staff at an additional cost of around 330 million a year.

NFU, Defra and the Environment Agency have been in discussion over waste issues for the past three years, during which time NFU have been pressing for a light touch approach to the implementation of the regulations.

There is some concern about the delay in starting a consultation process as this could mean implementation of the new rules could end up being rushed.

Source: National Pig Association - 15th July 2003

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