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Slug pellet 'amnesty' for farmers aims to prevent water pollution

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Norfolk farmers have been offered a way to safely dispose of slug-killing chemicals to avoid a spike in water pollution before a ban is enforced next spring.

Metaldehyde slug pellets are set to be banned for outdoor use from the end of March 2022.

Although harmless to humans, the chemical is very difficult to remove at water treatment works, making it a significant challenge for water companies to hit tough EU targets for drinking supplies.

Anglian Water (AW) is concerned that farmers may choose to use up any remaining stocks before the ban deadline, rather than waste their products or pay for costly........

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