Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

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  Spraying invasive plants with herbicide

…If you plan to spray in or near water, the person carrying out or supervising the spraying must have the appropriate aquatic part of the qualification. The sprayer must also comply with the pesticide product label and meet all of its conditions. Before you spray in or near water you must check that… read more

  Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed and other invasive weeds

…If you plan to spray in or near water, the person carrying out or supervising the spraying must have the appropriate aquatic part of the qualification. The sprayer must also comply with the pesticide product label and meet all of its conditions. Before you spray in or near water you must check that… read more

  Applying pesticides and biocides

…carefully. You must also spray pesticides in a way that the risk of pollution is minimised.

Prepare the pesticides for spraying, and clean and maintain equipment at least 10 m away from any burn, ditch, river, wetland, loch, estuary or coastal water. If you use water from any of these sources… read more

  Controls on applying pesticides and biocides

…and biocides in or near water unless they are specifically approved for that use.

Chemicals Regulation Directorate: Approved and withdrawn Plant Protection Products

Requirements for spraying nearread more

  Digging up invasive plants

…weeds">Burying invasive plant material on site.

You should not remove soil from river banks, as this can cause water pollution. If you are planning to carry out work near a river you should contact the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or Scottish Environment Protection Agency… read more

  [gpp-5-works-and-maintenance-in-or-near-water.pdf]

…e.g. Otters Environmental Hazards Silt laden water Foul sewerage pipes Oil or chemical pipelines Mains water supply pipelines High voltage fluid filled cables 30GPP5: Works and maintenance in or near water Glossary Aerial spraying Involves spraying crops or plants with plant protection products… read more

  Agricultural pesticides

…href="http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/guidance/industries/pesticides/topics/using-pesticides/General/Aerial-Spraying.htm"> CRD: Aerial spraying permitting arramgements

Requirements for spraying near watercourses

You must have approval from your environmental regulator… read more

  Spraying pesticides

…exempt. From 26 November 2015 Grandfather Rights expire (they may have applied if you spray on your own or your employers land) and pesticide spraying must always be carried out by someone with the appropriate certificate.

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  More water topics (P - Y)

…plant and equipment that operates near the water environment or drains. This will help to prevent water pollution from oil spills and leaks. Empty drip trays regularly to make sure that they can contain any spills. PPG 5 Works and maintenance in or near water (Adobe PDF – 894KB) Drip trays In… read more

  Pesticides and biocides

…and biocides You must not use pesticides and biocides in or near water unless they are specifically approved for that use. Chemicals Regulation Directorate: Approved and withdrawn Plant Protection Products Requirements for spraying near watercourses You must have approval from your environmental… read more

  [gpp-5-works-and-maintenance-in-or-near-water.pdf]

…e.g. Otters Environmental Hazards Silt laden water Foul sewerage pipes Oil or chemical pipelines Mains water supply pipelines High voltage fluid filled cables 30GPP5: Works and maintenance in or near water Glossary Aerial spraying Involves spraying crops or plants with plant protection products… read more

  More general land topics

…carcasses poisoned on farmland (Adobe PDF - 178KB) Spray pesticides responsibly You must spray pesticides carefully, particularly when working near to watercourses, so you don't cause pollution of surface water or groundwater. See our guidance on spraying pesticides . Dispose of waste pesticides and… read more

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