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Abstraction charge changes – have your say

The NFU reports on its website that the Environmental Improvement Unit Charge (EIUC) element of abstraction charges was introduced in 2008 to pay compensation to licence holders where their licences are modified or removed to address unsustainable abstraction.

However, the Environment Agency has issued a consultation document inviting views on whether it should extend existing use of EIUC so that it could additionally fund hydromorphological measures measures that could alter the physical character of surface water channels to address unsustainable abstraction.

Moreover, the Agency seeks views on whether EIUC collected since 2008 expressly for the payment of licence holder compensation should potentially be used to fund hydromorphological measures.

The consultation period ends on 14 June 2013.

The NFU says that it has consistently questioned the scale of year-on-year increases in the EIUC (in some regions) and has repeatedly requested information on the total funds collected and spent over the past five years. It says there is little evidence that EIUC collected since 2008 has yet been used to compensate licence holders. To date these funds have not been used to pay for hydromorphological measures.

To read the full consultation document including instructions on how to respond, visit: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/ho/waterres/eiuc/funds?pointId=2434560

 


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