Straw burning bye-laws repealed

Local authority bye-laws controlling the burning of straw and stubble in England and Wales have been repealed en masse by the Government in preparation for a virtual statutory ban on the practice later this year.1

The Order repealing the bye-laws came into force on 2 April. The Government has promised to ban field burning of straw and stubble produced by most crops after the 1992 harvest in England and Wales. This year's final burns will be controlled under interim regulations introduced in 1991 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (ENDS Report 198, pp 37-8).

The latest annual straw burning survey carried out by the National Society for Clea

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