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The Animal By-Products (Wales) Regulations 2006

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Treatment or discharge of fluid from processing ruminant by-products

1.—(1) Any person who processes any ruminant animal by-product must–

(a)discharge or consign for discharge the fluid arising from the processing into–

(i)a public sewer in accordance with a trade effluent consent or agreement from the relevant sewerage undertaker under the Water Industry Act 1991(1); or

(ii)controlled waters (within the meaning of the Water Resources Act 1991(2)) in compliance with a discharge consent from the Environment Agency under that Act; or

(b)treat the fluid arising from the processing on the processing premises in such a way that the treated fluid has–

(i)a level of suspended solids of no more than 80 mg/litre, and

(ii)a biochemical oxygen demand of no more than 60 mg/litre,

and failure to do so is an offence.

(2) If the person who processes the animal by-products consigns fluid that has not been treated in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(b) for discharge by another person, and that person fails to discharge it in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a)–

(a)both that person and the processor are guilty of an offence; but

(b)it is a defence for the processor to show that the processor believed on reasonable grounds that that person would discharge the fluid in accordance with sub-paragraph 1(a).

(3) This paragraph does not apply in relation to blood that has not been mixed with any other ruminant material.

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