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Pollution risk to rivers after slurry spill

Environment officers are assessing whether the Rivers Monnow and Wye are affected. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says it is dealing with a major pollution incident affecting the River Honddu in the Brecon Beacons.

A lagoon containing 450,000 litres of slurry leaked into a tributary and Natural Resources Wales says both the tributary and the river itself have been affected. Environment officers are assessing whether there is any impact on the River Monnow and the Wye.

Protecting nature in Wales is our biggest priority and we have been carrying out pollution prevention works to minimise the impact of this incident since this morning.

Due to the possible effects downstream we have worked closely with our colleagues in the Environment Agency monitoring the situation and putting plans in place for the ongoing management of this incident.

– Caroline Drayton, Natural Resources Wales

Anyone who sees signs of pollution is asked to contact Natural Resources Wales on 03000 65 3000.

Mountain Rescue Team has 'busiest ever' start to a year

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team says it responded to 124 incidents in 2016 - making it the busiest year ever in its 54 year history.

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In the first 3 months of this year, the team has already responded to 43 calls for help, which points to 2017 being another busy year.

It says while some of the 43 calls have been to support neighbouring rescue teams (Brecon, Longtown and Western Beacons), a factor for the rise is likely to be the different types of incidents to which the volunteers are called.

Mountain Rescue Teams are initially associated with hillwalkers, climbers and mountain bikers in the National Parks, but nearly half of the incidents we’ve been called to so far this year have been to assist the Police in the South Wales valley towns and villages, be it searches and rescues of vulnerable missing people as well as carrying out a number of animal rescues from the valley tops.

– Huw Jones, Deputy Team Leader



Support for Welsh rural economy essential

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called for support for the Welsh rural economy as land prices look set to fall during Brexit negotiations.

Demand for commercial farmland in Wales fell in the second half of last year.

The market remains challenging and there are regional variations. However, the overall picture, whilst uncertain, is perhaps better than in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, and the constrained supply will help minimise price falls.

But it is essential that measures are put in place to support the development of the Welsh rural economy post-Brexit

– Richard Corbett, RICS Rural Spokesman in Wales
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