October 22, 2003



Northern Ireland Assess Environmental Impacts of Poultry Farms


The Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Service has published draft guidance on assessing environmental impacts of poultry farms in terms of the integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) regime.


The aim is to educate farmers with the information to allow them to make a basic assessment of the environmental impacts without recourse to specialist help.


The guidance provides an initial screening tool that will provide a basic assessment of environmental impacts. Based on farm size and proximity to sensitive receptors, it will allow farmers to provide an assessment of impacts from the installation and identify whether further detailed investigation would be needed.  


The guidance stresses that this method is not a substitute for more detailed investigation in cases where farms are nearby sensitive receptors.
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