29 October 1999

Big pollution cost for pigs &poultry

INTENSIVE pig and poultry producers face a massive bill to comply with a new anti-pollution law which comes into effect within the next few days.

Permits for Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) legislation, enacted on 31 Oct, are likely to cost a minimum of £12,000 in the first year and £5500 in subsequent years.

All new or substantially altered pig and poultry units, submitting planning applications after the deadline and housing more than 750 sows, 2000 finishers over 30kg or 40,000 birds will require the permits. Existing units housing these numbers will require them by 2003 for poultry and 2004 for pigs.

Permits issued by the DETR detail practices on units giving rise to emissions, their impact on the environment and recommended control measures, said Helen Richardson, guidance adviser with the Environment Agency.

"The charging scheme for permits is complicated but is likely to be £12,178 to obtain a permit and a subsistence charge of £5536 a year," she says. Units with five times the threshold number of animals will be subject to further charges.