DEFRA to appeal against High Court pesticides ruling

The Environment Department (DEFRA) will appeal against a High Court ruling in November that the government’s policies on protecting bystanders from pesticide spraying were incompatible with European Community law (ENDS Report 407, pp 66-67 ).

A court order by Mr Justice Collins on 15 December granted DEFRA leave to appeal against the judgment, which held it was not acting in compliance with the 1991 plant protection products Directive. However, he admitted: "I do not think that in all the circumstances an appeal has a real prospect of success."

Georgina Downs, who brought the original case, said the decision to appeal "continues to demonstrate the government’s absolute contempt for rural residents and communities and is a disgrace."

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