No grants without farm waste plans, says NRA

The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has set a new agenda for improving the agricultural industry's water pollution record. In a new report, it says it will press for extra legal controls on agricultural practices unless farmers rapidly introduce waste management plans.1

Farm pollution incidents have more than doubled since 1979 and accounted for 12% of all reported cases in 1990 - and for 36% of all major incidents (see above).

The NRA is also concerned about diffuse pollution, such as the chronic effects of slurry draining into ditches and small watercourses. These are difficult to detect, but catchment studies have shown that levels of toxic ammonia in streams are correlated with local livestock densit

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