22 January 1999

Dumping licence on way

FARMERS disposing of waste chemicals on their own land after Mar 31 will be breaking the law unless they have a licence from the Environment Agency.

New groundwater regulations, which apply to used sheep dip and unused pesticides, prohibit disposal until a licence is obtained.

Applications made before Mar 31 will be deemed consented until assessed by the EA. But farmers missing the deadline must be assessed before making on-farm disposals, the agency says.

Reduced costs for farming, negotiated by the NFU, are £84 for the licence, plus a £107 annual charge. Applications after Mar 31 cost £4 more. &#42