Scottish farm pollution jumps in 2000

The number of agricultural pollution incidents in Scotland rose 30% between 1999 and 2000, the Scottish environmental protection agency (EPA) revealed yesterday. A senior official described the figures as "disappointing". The data show silage effluent and slurry continuing to pose major threats, accounting for 220 out of the 379 substantiated incidents in 2000. Pollution from sheep dipping also showed a big increase, with the EPA warning that "tens of kilometres of pristine watercourses being wiped out". See press release.

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