Revealed: no penalties issued under ‘useless’ UK farm pollution laws

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Exclusive: Environment Agency has failed to prosecute or fine any of 243 documented violations since 2018

Campaigners have called legislation designed to reduce water pollution caused by agriculture in England “useless” as data reveals there have been no prosecutions or fines issued despite regular documented breaches of the rules.

The Environment Agency has documented 243 violations of the “farming rules for water” since they came into effect in April 2018, according to data the Guardian has obtained using freedom of information legislation.

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