Straw and stubble burning consigned to history

The large scale burning of straw and stubble, a major environmental nuisance of the 1980s, has finally been prohibited. New regulations banning the practice, albeit with some exemptions, came into force on 29 June.1

A ban on straw and stubble burning was promised by the Government shortly before the Environmental Protection Act 1990 began its passage through Parliament, and the new regulations have been made under section 152 of the Act. They apply only in England and Wales.

The regulations prohibit the burning of cereal straw and stubble and of residues of oil-seed rape and peas and field beans harvested dry "remaining on the land after harvesting o

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