Dairy farms polluting again

The unusually wet spring has had a predictable effect on effluent discharges from Britain's dairy farms. A series of pollution incidents in west Wales and south-west England has caused major fish kills on several rivers and polluted potable water supplies.

According to the Welsh Water Authority, over 10,000 fish have been killed in south west Dyfed during the past three months in ten separate incidents. The majority have involved silage liquors, generated in higher quantities than usual because of the high rainfall in April. Prosecutions are being considered against 18 farmers amidst signs that local magistrates are beginning to clamp down on persistent offenders, with one recent case bringing f

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