Dumping licence on way

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

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