Howard Boyd: ‘We do not let farmers pollute rivers’

Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd has defended the regulator against claims it is letting farmers pollute rivers by failing to enforce new rules to protect waterways against diffuse pollution from agriculture.

In a letter to The Times, sent following the publication of an article by the newspaper on 17 August, Howard Boyd hit back at claims that new rules for farmers in England to help protect water quality, introduced in April 2018, “are barely being enforced”. She described the article as a “misleading mix of fact and fiction”.

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