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Environment Agency Inspection

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by Laggard, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Laggard

    Laggard Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    They've just rang to say they are coming to inspect. What do I need to have in place? We are in a NVZ and don't use any muck. Advice welcome please.
     
  2. Wheatland

    Wheatland Member

    Location:
    Shropshire
    We've had one and they were interested in the waste exemptions which we held, that fuel and liquid fert stores were bunded and also make sure you've an emergency action plan with drains and watercourses marked near the yard.
     
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  3. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Had one in November. Went through nvz records with a fine tooth comb but I do have muck coming out of my ears. Wanted to see n max figures, fertiliser plan. Yields used for calculation of n applied. Also checked spray records and looked in the store. Wanted a plan of where the yard drains went but that was more to do with my silage effluent.

    They did send an email letter saying what they wanted to see.

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  4. Andrew K

    Andrew K Member

    Location:
    Essex
    How much warning have you had timewise?
    I was given next day notification on an NVZ check, N max was up to date so no problem.
    I thought red tape was supposedly reducing!
     
  5. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I had a week or so notice.

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  6. Laggard

    Laggard Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    They rang yesterday, coming Thursday.
     
  7. simmy_bull

    simmy_bull Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Are the EA linked to the RPA or are they entitled to visit in the same way trading standards are?
     
  8. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    They will report any cross compliance issues to rpa. Which you may or may not be fined for. You will get a letter explaining it at the start of the inspection if not before.

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  9. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    This, and add spray store bunding, spill kits etc. Do check your waste exemptions e.g. using building waste for farm tracks, burning grain store tailings etc haven't expired. Nitrogen plan & NMax should be straight forward.

    Liquid fertiliser stroes don't have to be bunded but you ought to have an emergency plan that would deal with the contrents of a leaking/damaged tank.
     
  10. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I actually didn't do my waste exemptions. Only because they had recently expired and I have never been sure which I need. I asked the EA inspector what I should be doing. She was very helpful and put me on the right track. Apparently it is one of the most asked about pieces of legislation. It confuses everybody.

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  11. Laggard

    Laggard Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Waste exemptions renewed. They had expired so thank you for reminding me.
     
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  12. FarmyStu

    FarmyStu Member

    Location:
    NE Lincs
    I'm surprised they wanted to see Nmax figures. They're mentioned a lot in the NVZ regs but the actual rule is that you're not allowed to exceed them, not that you have to do the calculation. If you're sure you're ok I'd just give the data to any inspector that asks for them and let them do the working out!!
     
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  13. Boysground

    Boysground Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    The letter I was sent asked for all nvz records. My n max was all up together so it was one thing I wasn't concerned about. The inspector asked to see the full records of 5 fields including the n max calc. She didn't question my calculation just wanted to see if had done it. I got the impression they often have to do some working out of these figures when they inspect farms.

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