Plans to end abstraction exemptions receive mixed reactions

Bringing exempted abstractions into the English and Welsh licensing regimes is proving controversial with the farming, mining and construction sectors

Most abstractions will be brought under licensing control, under the plans. Photograph: Philip Bird/123RFPlans to end exemptions from water abstraction licensing control in England and Wales have received mixed reactions.

DEFRA and the Welsh government want to bring the exemptions into the current licensing system to create a level playing field for all abstractors, protect the environment and enable regulators to better manage water resources.

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