Italy taken to EU Court over air pollution and wastewater failings

The nitrogen dioxide limit set out under EU legislation had to be met in 2010

New rules for farmers to prevent water pollution

New requirements for farmers in England to improve and protect the quality of water have come into force. Under the rules, it is mandatory for all farmers to maintain good practice to prevent water pollution incidents. Farming-related pollution incidents can harm wildlife in rivers and seas, impact the economy and result in higher bills from […]

New rules to tackle water pollution from agriculture

New rules to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture in England have been announced. Defra expects the new legislation, which requires good farming practice, to come into effect on 2nd April 2018. The rules include conducting soil tests at least every five years, planning use of manures and fertilisers and assessing whether there is a […]

Irish farmer found guilty of something fishy

It’s bad enough getting food poisoning from bad fish, but fancy biting into a poisonous polluted one for dinner? A farmer in Northern Ireland, County Tyrone has been found guilty of polluting a waterway which could potentially have harmed fish. Charles Irwin, of Magheracreggan Road in Castlederg was slapped with a fine of £750 in […]

Pollution could increase as cutbacks bite

Pollution and damage to property could increase because of cuts to public sector funding. That’s the message from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) who want urgent action to address cuts in funding for the brownfield sector. They say Government budget cuts mean councils and the Environment Agency are suffering from a […]