Environment Agency wins river flow compensation case

A judge has rejected a mill owner’s claim that the Environment Agency’s flood defence measures reduced the flow of a river, making the mill’s turbine inoperable and causing the owners to lose out on their energy generation payments.

The Environment Agency (EA) raises sluice penning boards in the Upper Land Yeo river in Somerset during times of high flow to reduce the flood risk to Tickenham Mill and other properties upstream. Its policy is to raise them between December and April each year and to lower them at all other times.

Mill owners Michael and Sylvia Fearon contended that they were entitled to compensation for the loss of feed-in-tariffs for the periods between December and April for three years, dating back to December 2015. The Fearons were seeking compensation in the region of £44,000.

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