Proposed Transition of Abstraction Licensing Into Environmental Permitting
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March 28, 2018

The abstraction of water from surface waters or groundwater is currently controlled through the abstraction licensing system, under the Water Resources Act 1991 , as amended by the Water Act 2003.

The Government has proposed transferring the controls on abstraction into the environmental permitting regime, principally as a means of ‘better regulation’.

Planned changes to abstraction licensing legislation has the potential to improve the current system, but also has potential pitfalls.

The following bulletin provides a brief summary of a dissertation completed as part of an LLM degree, which was supported by Envireau Water. The dissertation examined the experience of similar changes in the past.

You can access the bulletin here, or in Envireau Knowledge– a free resource library which keeps you up to date with, not only our news, but all the latest industry news and developments.

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