Scottish farm pollution code

A code of practice on the prevention of pollution from agriculture has been issued by the Scottish Office.1 Those aspects of the code dealing with water pollution have been given legal backing,2 and Scotland is now ahead of the rest of Britain in having a code on air and soil protection from agriculture.

The new code replaces a Scottish code of good agricultural practice issued in 1985, and has a greater legal significance than its predecessor.

In the past, a farmer charged with a water pollution offence could not be convicted if he could demonstrate that he had complied with good agricultural practice. This statutory defence was removed by the Water Act 1989, under which a breach of a statutory code is not itself an offence but may be ta

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