DEFRA pushes back water abstraction licensing deadline

DEFRA will not bring water abstraction licensing into the environmental permitting regime (EPR) until 2021, according to updates to the department’s strategy.

It had previously intended to bring abstraction and impoundment licensing under EPR - more or less untouched - by 2020, but the updates, made yesterday, set out a different time frame.

DEFRA will now consult on the move into EPR in “early 2020”, according to the documents. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is currently determining whether a consultation is required on abstraction charges.

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