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S.I. No. 652/2016 - Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2016

The purpose of these Regulations is to give further effect in Irish law to Articles 2 to 4 of Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. The Regulations provide that where an application is made to the Environmental Protection Agency for a waste water discharge licence or for the review of a waste water discharge licence in a case where there is no requirement for physical development, that the Agency must carry out screening for environmental impact assessment before granting any licence and may carry out an environmental impact assessment if it deems it appropriate.

An amendment is also made to the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations 2007 (No. 684 of 2007) placing an onus on a planning authority and An Bord Pleanála to consult the Agency where the authority or the Board considers that a proposed development is likely to have a significant impact on waste water discharges.

Further amendments to the 2007 Regulations update the cross-referencing to the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000), reflecting amendments to that Act.