Farms, by their very nature, create agricultural pollution. Chemicals used to prevent weeds and pests, invariably run off the land and find their way into rivers and lakes. Beef farmers have tanks under their sheds to collect slurry which is disposed of by spreading it, untreated on the land. Because these tanks are often unlined, they are prone to leaks, causing the contents to leach into the soil and the groundwater.
In a nutshell, agricultural pollution is the environmental contamination of ground and groundwater as a by-product of growing and raising livestock and crops.
Many farms also have a diesel tank. These tanks too can leak and cause damage and pollution to the surrounding soil, buildings and groundwater.
Any of the above scenarios leave the Farm exposed to Environmental Liability Costs. We can provide cover for Environmental Liability up to €2.6m, which includes the farmer's own land as well as land owned by third parties in respect of the clean-up costs.