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Tim Harrison's comments on the Northumberland report are very sound.

However, I understood that we in UK were unable to follow these recommendations because of the EU Rules and Groundwater Directives, which preclude burying carcasses in farmland in case of contamination of water supplies. We are always being sent rubbish from DEFRA banning this and that, but the EU certainly forbid the practices which were used in 1967.

Consequently the choice of military areas to bury carcasses was logical as the EU - I believe - doesn't have competence (yet) over military affairs in individual countries. Christopher Booker would know more about this, but it does explain the whole nonsensical business.