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The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018

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Applying organic manure near inland freshwaters or coastal waters

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7.—(1) A land manager must ensure that organic manure is not applied to agricultural land within 10 metres of inland freshwaters or coastal waters.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply where—

(a)the application is made using precision spreading equipment, in which case the land manager must ensure that the manure is not applied within 6 metres of inland freshwaters or coastal waters, or

(b)the application is of livestock manure (other than slurry or poultry manure), and—

(i)the land is—

(aa)managed for breeding wader birds or as a species-rich semi-natural grassland, and

(bb)subject to an agri-environmental commitment or has been notified as a site of special scientific interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(1),

(ii)the manure is applied in the period beginning on 1st June and ending on 31st October,

(iii)the manure is not applied directly onto the surface of the inland freshwaters or coastal waters, and

(iv)the total annual amount of manure applied does not exceed 12.5 tonnes per hectare.

(3) In paragraph (2)(b)(i)(bb), “agri-environmental commitment” means any commitment entered into under Council Regulation (EC) No. 1698/2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development(2) or Regulation (EU) No. 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development(3).

(2)

OJ No L 277, 21.10.2005, p 1. This was repealed by Regulation (EU) No. 1305/2013 but commitments entered into under it remain in force by virtue of Article 88 of that Regulation.

(3)

OJ No L 347, 20.12.2013, p 487, as last amended by Regulation (EU) No. 2017/825 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No L 129, 19.5.2017, p 1).

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