Scottish water rules expanded

The Scottish Executive has expanded the "general binding rules" protecting watercourses from low-level threats to include the discharge of pollutants from construction or maintenance works into groundwater and pumping water.1

The rules represent the lowest tier of regulation under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (ENDS Report 367, p 34 ). They cover unlicensed activities but are still statutory.

Some of the 11 original rules were also widened in scope.