SUPPLEMENTARY MEMORANDUM FROM THE SCOTTISH
ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY (SEPA)
Extract from a Letter from Ms Patricia
Henton, Chief Executive, SEPA, to the Committee
I hope the evidence we gave was helpful to the
Committee. There is one point which I would like to reinforce
in respect of what I think might be a misunderstanding over the
so-called exemption from licencing of abstraction. Dr Curran quoted
from Article 11(e) of the Water Framework Directive (paragraph
575) of the transcript which makes it clear that there is no overall
exemption from abstraction licencing, only a provision that if
there is no significant ecological damage caused then there may
be an exemption. I would be grateful if you would reinforce this
point with the Committee.
I enclose copies of information which was promised
in respect of Islay, our charging schemes and the Dumfries Aquifer.
I hope that this is useful and we would be pleased to supply further
information if you require it.
Chief Executive, SEPA
13 March 2001