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The Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999


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Enforcement notices

12.—(1) If the Department is of the opinion that the holder of a discharge consent is contravening any condition of the consent, or is likely to contravene any such condition, the Department may serve on him a notice (an “enforcement notice”).

(2) An enforcement notice shall—

(a)state the opinion of the Department;

(b)specify the matters constituting the contravention or the matters making it likely that the contravention will arise, as the case may be;

(c)specify the steps that must be taken to remedy the contravention or to remedy the matters making it likely that the contravention will arise, as the case may be; and

(d)specify the period within which those steps must be taken.

(3) Any person who fails to comply with any requirement imposed by an enforcement notice shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to a fine or to both;

(b)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to a fine not exceeding £20,000 or to both.

(4) If the Department is of the opinion that proceedings for an offence under paragraph (3) would afford an ineffectual remedy against a person who has failed to comply with the requirements of an enforcement notice, the Department may take proceedings in the High Court for the purpose of securing compliance with the notice.

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