Poultry farmers will shortly be contacted by the Environment Agency via email to inform them their permit is due to be reviewed and updated.
The environmental permit requires operators to farm using Best Available Techniques (BAT). BAT is reviewed and updated periodically through the BAT Reference Document (BREF) for the Intensive Rearing of Poultry or Pigs (Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/65/EU).
To ensure your permit is fully up to date and that you can meet the required techniques, the EA must conduct a review and update your permit. A permit review variation notice has been, or will be sent to the majority of the 1,300 pig and poultry permit holders.
The charge for this review will be a variation fee of £380. The NFU lobbied hard during the charges consultation process to bring this down from the original proposal of £2,406.