GN23-11 Septic Tanks - registering an exemption to discharge. The Environment Agency has agreed to a review of these regulations

On 6 April 2010 it became a requirement for householders to register discharges from septic tanks through the introduction of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR).

An environmental permit may not be required if you qualify for an exemption.  Any discharges to rivers or streams must be registered immediately and those to ground may be registered any time before 1 January 2012.


Future Funding of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

In general the CLA is supportive of a review of the funding process, which will hopefully allow more private money to contribute to flood defence schemes and ensure they go forward but doubt this will make much difference to rural areas
with low population density.  The Government thinking which continues to follow the pathway mapped out by the 'Making Space for Water Policy' is a particularly dangerous one.  There are high levels of uncertainty around climate change
impacts and in tandem the predicted population growth and food security needs are not addressed by the policy and this funding consultation.

The Implementation of the EU Pesticides Legislation

This consultation was on how the EU Sustainable Use Directive should be enshrined in UK regulation.  The CLA argues for no gold-plating of UK regulation, no arbitrary pesticide reduction targets, the ability to continue to aerial spray and the need to use plant protection products in areas to which the public have access.  The CLA also argues against further prior-notification of spraying, and against increasing the burden of sprayer testing.



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