Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is currently consulting on proposed amendments to the Nitrates Action Programme Regulations (NI) 2014. The proposed amendments reflect the new values for the Nitrogen and Phosphorus contents of poultry litter as a result of further research which was carried out.
Table 1c of Schedule 1 values have been updated except for fattening ducks, it now also includes livestock types, categorised by age range for Broilers and Turkeys as well as including some additional categories.
Table 2 of Schedule 1 values have been updated for Pig slurries, Poultry manures, Farmyard manures (for goats and horses), also separated pig slurry (solid portion) under miscellaneous manures. It also replaces the livestock types, so that they are now categorised by age range for Boilers and Turkeys under Poultry manures, as well as including some additional categories.
The consultation closes on 31 January 2018 and it is proposed that the new Regulations will come into operation on 1 March 2018.
You can read the Draft Nitrates Action Programme (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2018 here https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/proposed-nitrates-action-programme-amendment-regulations-ni-2018
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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