UFU to challenge farm waste rules

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has been granted leave to seek a judicial review into the Department of the Environment’s handling of the Farm Waste Regulations.

Under the DOE’s system, farmers are obliged to apply individually for exemptions from farm waste certificates, to enable them to carry on with practices such as burning hedge trimmings and putting old tyres on top of silage clamps. But the UFU says this is excessively bureaucratic and is counter to the advice it has had from Brussels.

“We believe it is wrong to insist that local farmers must individually apply for Farm Waste Exemptions,” said UFU president Kenneth Sharkey. “This is not a requirement of the EU Waste Framework Directive and we want to see a much simpler and less bureaucratic approach taken.”

The UFU hopes that a date for a hearing will be fixed on 25 June.