NRA launches groundwater protection policy

The National Rivers Authority (NRA) has launched its new groundwater protection policy.1 It has stepped back from some of the more restrictive measures proposed last year on mining and quarrying and a miscellany of industrial activities, and the NRA will also not be pressing the Government to introduce water protection zones. But the policy also contains measures not proposed last year for the location of landfills and industries handling hazardous chemicals.

The policy will replace the patchy and often inconsistent groundwater protection policies inherited by the NRA from the former water authorities. It will also help the NRA and the Government to influence future EC legislative proposals on groundwater protection, for which a programme was announced in November 1991 at the same time as the NRA issued its policy in draft (ENDS Report 202, pp 20-24).

The policy is not statutory. The NRA's int

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