New Authorisations – Geographically Exempt Areas
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December 5, 2017

DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) have announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently geographically exempt areas will come in to force on 1st January 2018.

We have presented key points in the bulletin below, based on our review of the DEFRA/WG documents as well as discussions with the Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and others.

The largest areas of exempt areas are in Wales (although some do occur in England) and in terms of the Welsh areas, the most significant abstractors in terms of quantity of water (other than water companies) are water bottlers.

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