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

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/39

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/39 make amendments to EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154, effective from the end of the implementation period. They insert new definitions to ensure the continued working of EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154 following EU exit and add a new Schedule 1A into EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154 to update interpretation of the retained EU Directives listed in EPR 2016, SI 2016/1154, reg 3.

The regulatory regime

The governing provisions for environmental permitting are in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 (EPR 2016), SI 2016/1154. EPR 2016 came into force on 1 January 2017 and consolidate all of the amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR 2010), SI 2010/675. EPR 2010 replaced the provisions of Water Resources Act 1991 that dealt with discharge consents and