UNREGULATED ABSTRACTIONS – TRICKLE IRRIGATION / QUARRY DEWATERING
From DEFRA yesterday at the Abstraction Licence Reform workshop. Further consultation is expected before the end of 2014, with implementation expected in 2015. It was clear that the expectation is the end of 2015 not the beginning. It looks like 2 years to submit applications and 3 years for determination – this hits the abstraction licence reform roll out but there doesn’t seem to be integration.
Envireau Water have been monitoring this issue since 1998 – it is now 2014; how much confidence do we have that 2015 will be the year. Our view is that based on a general election in 2015, that the timings are now meshing with abstraction licence reform, then why wouldn’t you do everything together. We would be surprised if there are further delays.
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