16 October 1998

Slurry pollution warning – EA

HEAVY rainfall and earlier housing means some slurry stores are too full to last the winter, but autumn spreading on wet soils increases pollution risks.

So says the Environment Agencys Geoff Bateman. Despite leaching concerns, he admits it may be necessary to spread some slurry to avoid excessive build up over winter.

Where this is the case, he says slurry should be spread further away from watercourses than MAFF recommendations of 10m (33ft) away from a watercourse, and 50m (167ft) from bore-holes or springs.