Saturday October 31, 2020

Councils hush up pollution to protect farmers’ grants

Just one in six incidents of non-compliance were reported by councils to the Department of Agriculture last year

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

17th December, 2017

Councils are failing to pass on reports of farm pollution in case farmers lose their EU grants, it has emerged.

Run-offs from fertiliser, slurry and silage pits on farms are one of the main causes of pollution in the country’s streams, rivers and lakes.

But councils are not providing the Department of Agriculture with details of many of the pollution incidents detected on farms by their inspectors because it could result in farmers...

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