Egg farmers get help with pollution permits
The UK Environment Agency will assist large
Gloucestershire egg farmers in applying for Pollution Prevention and Control
permits via a free, one-to-one help session.
The session will be held at the Environment Agency
offices at Newtown Industrial Estate, Northway Lane, Tewkesbury on 9 November 2006.
The agency says that there are four time more poultry than people in Gloucestershire.
â€œTherefore we need to ensure that all these large scale farmers, who provide us with bacon and eggs manage their farms correctly and ultimately don't pollute our environment,â€ the agency said in a statement.
â€œAnyone operating a farm with capacity for more than 40,000 free range or intensive poultry, 2000 finishing pigs or 750 sows must apply for a Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) permit,â€ it said, adding that formers need to obtain a receipt for their completed and registered applications by 31 January 2007.
â€œThose who don't will be operating illegally and run the risk of being prosecuted, in fact a Magistrates Court could fine them up to Â£50,000,â€ the agency said.
The PPC regulations will control the environmental effects of farming. Permits will cover waste, water, energy and noise minimisation, slurry and manure management, minimising the risk of pollution from livestock housing and 'on farm' accidents.
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