Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

The CLA is generally supportive of the main proposals, one of which will remove the need to require planning permission before then being able to apply for an Environmental Permit for waste operators with the caveat that guidance should be clear about potential pitfalls.  We also welcome the introduction of exemptions for some low risk ground source heating discharges but query some of the criteria proposed, for example, SSSIs and drinking water protection zones needing to be more than 50m away from the discharge point.

 

Reservoir Safety in England and Wales: Implementation of Amendments to the Reservoirs Act 1975

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 included a number of provisions amending the Reservoirs Act 1975.  The basis for these proposed changes were to ensure reservoir safety in England and Wales is based on a proportionate risk management basis.  Chief amongst these were the reduction of the threshold for large raised reservoirs from 25,000 cubic meters to 10,000 cubic meters capacity and the introduction of the high risk designation for those reservoirs thought to pose a risk to life.

The Implementation of the Nitrates Directive in England

The Nitrate Directive is intended to reduce water pollution caused by nitrates
from agricultural sources.  Government is required to review the implementation of it every four years.  This recent consultation looked at the issue again of
whether to continue with discrete designation of NVZs in England (a separate consultation was carried in Wales) or take up the option of designating all of
England as a single NVZ and then consider changes to the Action Programme.

Review of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales 2012

The Nitrate Directive is intended to reduce water pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources.  Government is required to review the implementation of it every four years.  This recent consultation looked at the issue again of whether to continue with discrete designation of NVZs in Wales (a separate consultation was carried out in England) or take up the option of designating all of Wales as a single NVZ and then consider changes to the Action Programme.

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