Search Legislation

The Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

This section has no associated Executive Note

1.  In Part 1 of Schedule 3 to the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (General Binding Rules), immediately after activity 17 insert–

18.  The storage and application of fertiliser other than where it is regulated by:

(a)the Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations 1989(1);

(b)a waste management licence in terms of section 35 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(2);

(c)the registration of a registered exemption, under the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994(3); or

(d)the Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (Scotland) Regulations 2003(4).

(a)no fertiliser shall be stored on land that–

(i)is within 10 metres of any surface water or wetland;

(ii)is within 50 metres of any spring that supplies water for human consumption or any well or borehole that is not capped in such a way so as to prevent the ingress of water;

(iii)is waterlogged; or

(iv)has an average soil depth of less than 30 centimetres and overlies gravel or fissured rock, except where the fertiliser is stored in an impermeable container;

(b)paragraph (a) does not apply where such storage is in a building which is constructed and maintained to such a standard as is necessary to prevent run off or seepage of fertiliser from the building;

(c)no organic fertiliser shall be applied to land that–

(i)is within 2 metres of any drainage ditch or within 5 metres of any other surface water or wetland;

(ii)is within 50 metres of any spring that supplies water for human consumption or any well or borehole that is not capped in such a way so as to prevent the ingress of water;

(iii)is sloping with an overall gradient in excess of 15°, or 25° on uncultivated land designated for forestry;

(iv)has an average soil depth of less than 30 centimetres and overlies gravel or fissured rock, except where the application is for forestry operations; or

(v)is frozen (except where the fertiliser is farm yard manure), waterlogged, or covered with snow;

(d)no inorganic fertiliser shall be applied to land that–

(i)is within 2 metres of any surface water or wetland;

(ii)is within 5 metres of any spring that supplies water for human consumption or any well or borehole that is not capped in such a way so as to prevent the ingress of water;

(iii)has an average soil depth of less than 30 centimetres and overlies gravel or fissured rock, except where the application is for forestry operations; or

(iv)is frozen, waterlogged, or covered with snow;

(e)fertilisers shall not be applied to land in excess of the nutrient needs of the crop;

(f)any equipment used to apply fertiliser shall be maintained in a good state of repair; and

(g)fertiliser shall be applied on land in such a way and at such times that the risk of pollution to the water environment is minimised.

19.  Keeping of livestock.

(a)significant erosion or poaching of any land that is within 5 metres of surface water or wetland shall be prevented;

(b)livestock shall be prevented from entering any land that is within 5 metres of a spring that supplies water for human consumption or any well or borehole that is not capped in such a way so as to prevent the ingress of water; and

(c)livestock feeders shall not be positioned within 10 metres of any surface water or wetland.

20.  Cultivation of land.

(a)no land shall be cultivated for crops that is–

(i)within 2 metres of any surface water or wetland;

(ii)within 5 metres of any spring that supplies water for human consumption or any well or borehole that is not capped in such a way so as to prevent the ingress of water; or

(iii)waterlogged;

(b)moling of land shall not be permitted on slopes with an overall gradient in excess of 4.5°; and

(c)land shall be cultivated in a way that minimises the risk of pollution to the water environment.

21.  Without prejudice to the operation of activity 10 and the rules related to it, the discharge of water run-off via a surface water drainage system to the water environment as a result of rural land activities.

(a)water shall be discharged in a way which minimises the risk of pollution to the water environment; and

(b)no discharge from drainage shall result in the destabilisation of the banks or bed of the receiving surface water.

22.  Construction and maintenance of waterbound roads and tracks.

(a)no material that will or will be likely to result in metallic, sulphide rich or strongly acidic polluted water run off from such roads or tracks shall be used in the carrying out of the activity.

23.  The application of pesticide.

(a)the preparation of pesticide for application and the cleaning or maintenance of pesticide sprayers shall be undertaken in conditions such that any spillages, run-off or washings will be prevented from entering the water environment;

(b)pesticide spraying equipment shall be maintained in a good state of repair;

(c)pesticide sprayers shall not be filled with water taken from the water environment unless–

(i)a device preventing back siphoning is fitted to the system; or

(ii)the water is first placed in an intermediate container; and

(d)pesticide-treated plants shall not be soaked in any part of the water environment.

24.  Operating sheep dipping facilities.

(a)sheep shall be prevented from having access to the water environment while there is a risk of transfer of sheep dip fluid from its fleece to the water environment;

(b)no mobile sheep dipping facility, or part of any sheep dipping facility constructed after 1st April 2008 shall be located within 50 metres of any river, ditch, pond, freshwater loch, wetland, well, spring or borehole;

(c)sheep dipping facilities shall not discharge underground and shall not leak or overspill;

(d)sheep dipping facilities shall not be filled with water taken from the water environment unless–

(i)a device preventing back siphoning is fitted to the system; or

(ii)the water is first placed in an intermediate container; and

(e)without prejudice to the continued requirement to obtain specific authorisation for the disposal of sheep dip under these Regulations, sheep dip facilities shall be emptied within 24 hours following completion of dipping.

(1)

S.I. 1989/1263; relevant amending instruments are S.I. 1990/880, S.I. 1996/973 and S.S.I. 2000/62.

(2)

1990 c. 43; section 35 was amended by the Environment Act 1995 (c. 25), section 120 and Schedule 22, paragraph 66, and by S.S.I. 2000/323, Schedule 10, Part 1, paragraph 3(4). For a definition of ‘waste’ see section 75 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as amended by the Environment Act 1995, section 120 and Schedule 22, paragraph 88.

(3)

S.I. 1994/1056; relevant amending instrument is S.S.I .2006/541.

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Executive Note

Executive Note sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Scottish Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Scottish Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Scottish Statutory Instrument or Draft Scottish Statutory Instrument laid before the Scottish Parliament from July 2005 onwards.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources