Environment Agency urges tougher controls for dairy sector

The Environment Agency (EA) has called for the dairy sector, responsible for the largest proportion of significant pollution incidents on farms, to be brought within a “more formal control framework”.

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Dairy: sector is major emitter of gases such as ammonia and methane

The Environment Agency (EA) has called for the dairy sector, responsible for the largest proportion of significant pollution incidents on farms, to be brought within a “more formal control framework”.

In its response to a DEFRA consultation setting out the government’s plans for the UK’s post-Brexit transition from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, the EA noted that the dairy sector currently sits outside of the environmental permitting regulations regime used for other intensive agriculture sectors, such as pigs and poultry.

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