All Wales Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ)

Posted by LindaStenner on April 27, 2020

All Wales Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ)

April 27, 2020 at 5:21 PM

The Welsh Government had been proposing to introduce an “All Wales” NVZ from 1st January 2020, however on the 11th December 2019 the Minister Lesley Griffiths confirmed that she would “receive advice in January on the introduction of legislation after exploring alternative measures with the Wales Land Management Forum sub-group, which was established to focus on the issues of agricultural pollution” The Minister wants to explore if there is a way farmers can be provided with flexibility to achieve the essential environmental outcomes in a way best suited to individual businesses. Since then NFU Cymru submitted a Freedom of Information request for information about the advice and evidence the Welsh Government based its proposals on. Natural Resources Wales has responded with information the draft Regulatory Impact Assessment which NFU Cymru has found to be deficient, with questions around the proportionality of applying an “All Wales” NVZ approach on areas where nitrate concentrations are low. It is also unclear whether NRW would have the capacity to deliver this scale of regulation across all farm businesses in Wales. NFU Cymru have now written to the Welsh Government seeking a further Regulatory Impact Assessment be undertaken before a final decision is made.



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