New Authorisations – Quarry Dewatering
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December 5, 2017

DEFRA/Welsh Government (WG) have announced that the transitional arrangements for licensing of the currently exempt abstractions for quarry dewatering 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 response to consultation as well as discussions with the Environment Agency (EA) and others.

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