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Environment Agency failed to protect River Wye from chicken waste

The Environment Agency and the UK government failed to protect the River Wye from catastrophic decline by allowing pollution from industrial chicken farming to saturate the land and devastate the protected river, a legal challenge argues. Campaigners including Feargal Sharkey protested on Wednesday outside the high court in Cardiff where the judicial review brought by the group River Action is being heard. River Action says a loophole in the law is allowing poultry waste from 25 million chickens intensively farmed in the catchment to poison the Wye. Charles Watson, the founder of River Action, said the loophole meant the river was almost dead. It has been downgraded by Natural England to an unfavourable state as a result of the mixture of pollution from agricultural runoff and the diffuse pollution from land saturated with nitrogen and phosphorus https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/feb/07/environment-agency-failed-protect-river-wye-pollution-chicken-waste-court.

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  • George Kariuki

    9 w

    They should explore sustainable agricultural practices that minimize waste and protect waterways.

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    • Jane Wangui

      9 w

      25 million chicken??? That is alot of waste going into the rivers.Why not this waste for a better cause like crop farming???

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      • Princess

        9 w

        It's imperative that authorities take swift and decisive action to address this issue and hold accountable those responsible for the pollution

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          9 w

          The failure of the Environment Agency and the UK government to protect the River Wye from pollution stemming from industrial chicken farming is deeply concerning and highlights the urgent need for stronger environmental regulations and enforcement. The devastating impact of pollution on the river, as highlighted by the legal challenge brought by River Action, underscores the significant threats posed by agricultural runoff and the saturation of land with nitrogen and phosphorus. It's alarming to see a loophole in the law allowing poultry waste from intensive farming operations to poison such an important and protected waterway. The fact that the River Wye has been downgraded to an unfavourable state by Natural England is a stark reminder of the urgent action needed to address this environmental crisis.

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          • Elizabeth Gathigia

            10 w

            UK environmental agency should be more focused and responsible, it needs to open up its eye and see the dangers it poses to people's health and that of marines

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            • Rotich Kim

              10 w

              Laws should be enforce to Environment Agency for failure to protect our River

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              • Richard S

                10 w

                🇬🇧 #Filth

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  10 w

                  This is devastating, UK environmental agency should take responsibility and stop this from happening. We need to protect our water bodies from pollution.

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                  • Jane Wangui

                    9 w

                    @joseph_githinji Imagine how many people rely on the river (water) Wye whether domestic use or for livestock and sadly they don't realise how polluted it is.

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                  • walter lungayi

                    10 w

                    Disappointing to see the Environment Agency's failure to protect the River Wye from chicken waste. We need better regulation and enforcement to safeguard our natural resources.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      10 w

                      @walter_lungayi UK environmental agency must know better and change this now and the future.

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                      • Bel Jacobs

                        10 w

                        @walter_lungayi agree that regulation is not enough! Enforcement with penalties is absolutely key

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                      • Esther Wanjiku

                        10 w

                        This is very irresponsible

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                        • Joseph Githinji

                          10 w

                          @esther_wanjiku_785 so disappointing indeed.

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            9 w

                            @esther_wanjiku_785 I think they just don't care!! Which is very sad.

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