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Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

On 16 April 2018, Telford Magistrates’ Court fined the 55 year-old £16,000 and ordered him to pay £20,000 in costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge. The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 and Sections 24(1) and (4) of the Water Resources Act 1991. The Environment Agency […]

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

Farm-bound sludge teems with tiny plastic fibres

An astonishing 700,000 microfibres – threads of plastic the size of an ant’s leg – leach out of an average 6kg wash of acrylic clothing. And research by Brunel University London shows this plastic pollution has travelled at least as far as Britain’s farms. The team behind BBC’s Countryfile, one of the nation’s most popular […]

Help for farmers to stop losing nutrients

Help for farmers to stop losing nutrients

Farmers in England can benefit from a new guide to help them stop soil and manure running off their land. It’s published today online by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), supported by Natural England’s Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) project. Many farmers already have measures in place to protect waterbodies from run-off, so this guide […]

TOPPS Water Protection: New multi-stakeholder project to improve water quality

TOPPS Water Protection: New multi-stakeholder project to improve water quality

TOPPS Water Protection, a new multi-stakeholder project dedicated to reducing pollution from agricultural sources, was launched today at an event in Brussels. The project is designed to spread the implementation of best practices on water protection, bringing advice and knowledge to farmers across Europe. The project will involve 14 EU member states* and will run […]

Biogen to pay almost £10,000 after stream polluted

The Environment Agency said the pollution was avoidable and it should have been notified sooner so that the incident could have been better managed. A large quantity of digestate from an anaerobic digester overflowed when a pump was left on overnight at the company’s Clapham Biogas Plant on 19 November 2010. A member of Biogen […]

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