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Pollution problem in the lower Teifi
By Bobby Kelly, Independent Journalist. Last edited: 05:45pm. 22/10/2021.
The introduction of a replacement Local Development Plan (LDP) in Ceredigion is being delayed due to phosphate levels in the river Teifi.
In January 2021, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) published evidence about phosphate levels for riverine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in Wales, including the river Teifi.
“Of the water bodies assessed in the Teifi, eight pass and eight fail. Two water bodies could not be assessed due to no (Talog) or inadequate (Brefi) data. With the exception of the Groes, the upper part of the Teifi is passing its phosphorus targets. In contrast, the lower part of the river is generally failing, despite targets in this area being significantly less stringent (albeit four of these failures on the Ceri and Lower Teifi are marginal).
The river has also suffered from several significant pollution incidents such as those recorded
in December 2016 and June 2017. Although not necessarily reflected in the phosphorus
data, they indicate a general pollution problem in the lower Teifi.” (Compliance Assessment of Welsh River SACs against Phosphorus Targets, report No: 489)
Councillor Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: