Northern Ireland
More water quality rules needed - Muir
Peter McCann
The current NAP includes rules around closed periods for spreading slurry and fertiliser, as well as minimum slurry storage requirements.
New scheme with quotas for nitrates proposed
A trio of policy experts say that major farm scheme changes are needed to achieve step-wise reductions in water pollution from agriculture.
9 July 2024 News
Staff forced to evacuate Department of Agriculture offices
Arrangements are in place for staff to work from home in the interim.
Drinking water exceeded pesticide limits 23 times in 2023
Some 99.62% of drinking water supplies tested remained within their chemical limits last year.
3 July 2024 News
Single day's rain causes shocking phosphorous leaching
Teagasc monitoring has revealed just how much phosphorous can be leached into rivers and streams following rain.
21 June 2024 News
Exclusive: allegations of emerging black market for fertiliser
Farmers are using Northern Irish merchants to purchase 'off the record' fertiliser.
19 June 2024 News
Fast-tracking nitrates action on highest risk farms
Eoin McAleer, catchments manager in the LAWPRO’s midlands and east region, spoke at the EPA’s water conference about how quicker wins could be achieved on reducing nitrogen leaching.
19 June 2024 News
480-acre solar farm planned for Limavady
If the solar farm progresses, it will be the biggest development in NI so far and one of the largest on the island.
19 June 2024 News
We must continue to follow the science on water quality
It's an exceptionally complex issue, it is not as simple as putting one measure in place and sitting back and awaiting results, not should we blame agriculture.
19 June 2024 News
Emboldened industry-led AD sector drives on
The die is cast, the players are here and the international money is in place to back them - the Irish anaerobic digestion sector has been born and it will be developer-led, writes Stephen Robb.
19 June 2024 News
River nitrates target is an ‘impossible bar’ for some
The EPA target of river nitrates levels of less than 4mg/l or 8mg/l for high and good quality water quality are very difficult to attain, according to Teagasc water catchment expert Eddie Burgess.
12 June 2024 News
‘No significant change’ in water quality – EPA
The EPA's programme manager Mary Gurrie has said that its latest report shows that 'more action is needed to achieve our legally binding water quality objectives'.
12 June 2024 News