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SEPA Announce Temporary Exemptions From Annual Charges For Abstraction License Holders

2nd February 2007

Holders of abstraction licences who know in advance that they will not be abstracting in any one year will welcome the announcement from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) that it will not charge annual subsistence for that year.

Martin Marsden of SEPA said, "This is good news for abstraction licence holders and particularly for farmers who have decided not to grow certain crops that may require irrigation in a particular year. The exemption is for abstractions for any purpose."

A reduction in annual subsistence charges is also being offered to those whose licences cover multiple abstraction locations and who are planning not to abstract water at some of those locations.

Licence holders should notify the environmental watchdog before the end of February 2007.

For further information and to apply for your exemption, please visit www.sepa.org.uk/wfd

 

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