Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—water discharge activities
Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney
Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—water discharge activities

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Craig Burman of Schofield Sweeney provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016—water discharge activities
  • Brexit impact
  • The regulatory regime
  • Criminal offences
  • Water discharge activities
  • Environmental permit
  • Civil liability
  • Civil sanctions

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice Note: Brexit—environmental law implications, which details the relevant aspects of the withdrawal process, as well as providing insights into developments affecting environmental protection, such as the draft Environmental Principles and Governance Bill.

Although the date and time of withdrawal of the EU (exit day) is fixed in UK law (see section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018―although potentially subject to change), the legal terms of the withdrawal negotiated with the EU are not. That leaves open the possibility that the UK’s membership will lapse automatically on exit day, without all the necessary legal and transitional arrangements in place. This has implications for practitioners considering legal issues and projects within the GB renewable energy sector. For a more general timeline of key events and updates in respect of Brexit, see Practice Note: Brexit timeline. For access to related documents and further reading on Brexit, see: Brexit Toolkit.

For details on Brexit related regulations relevant to the environment, see: Environment legislation tracker 2019 and Environment legislation tracker 2018.

The regulatory regime

The governing provisions for environmental permitting are in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154.