Funding shortage hampers Agency over new groundwater pollution rules

Controls on industrial activities which have caused the worst groundwater pollution incidents in Britain will take a back seat under the new groundwater regulations while the Environment Agency deals with pollution risks from agriculture. In January, the Agency attempted to alert farmers that they have three months to apply for authorisations for disposing of sheep dip and pesticide wastes to land. But lack of funding for its new duties may hold it back from chasing laggard farmers - and is likely to leave it hamstrung in identifying industrial activities posing groundwater pollution risks.

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