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The Water Environment (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Regulations 2017
These Regulations amend the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (“the Principal Regulations”).
The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (“CAR”) (as amended) provide a regulatory framework for controlling activities which could have an adverse effect on Scotland’s water environment, including abstraction, impoundments, engineering, dredging, surface water drainage, and pollution, with the aim of protecting, and restoring, the water environment. These Regulations amend CAR, primarily to improve clarity and to introduce some new rules which apply to the carrying out of certain activities authorised under CAR.
The Regulations amend existing general binding rules (GBRs) 3, 9 to 13, 15, 17 to 20, 23 and 24, and inserts new GBRs 25 to 28.
The key amendments are as follows:
These Regulations came into force on 01 January 2018.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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