NFU allays fears over new rules

The horticultural division of the NFU has spoken out to reassure UK ornamental growers that changes to EU legislation on industrial emissions will not affect them.

On 21 December 2007 the EC proposed to change current legislation to improve industrial emissions across the EU. The commission aims to merge seven different acts to produce a coherent Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive.

Proposed revisions to the current IPPC Directive include lowering the thermal input threshold from 50MW to 20MW, which would bring a significant part of UK glasshouse production within the scope of the new directive.

But NFU horticultural adviser Chris Hartfield said: "It wouldn't capture anyone within the ornamentals sector as there's no one of the size and scale we are talking about. I would say there are half a dozen to a dozen sites affected and they are all edibles facilities."

- See Grower, p29.


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