EA to wait until 2028 for new abstraction powers

The government will go ahead with plans to allow the Environment Agency (EA) to vary or revoke any licence that is causing unsustainable abstraction without paying compensation, but the powers will only be available after 2028, DEFRA has announced.

In a response to its consultation on plans to improve the water environment, DEFRA said that a majority of respondents had expressed support for proposals that would enable the EA to vary or revoke licences without paying compensation to the licence holder, where those licences pose a risk to the environment.

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