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The Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

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The Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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4.—(1) The Groundwater Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (10).

(2) In regulation 2(1)—

(a)before the definition of “the Appeals Commission” insert—

“the 2017 Regulations” means the Water Environment (Water Framework Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017;;

(b)for the definition of “baseline level” substitute—

“baseline level” means the average value measured at least during the reference years 2007 and 2008 on the basis of monitoring in accordance with a programme prepared under regulation 11 of the 2017 Regulations;;

(c)for the definition of “river basin district and international river basin districts” substitute—

“river basin district and international river basin districts” mean—

(a)

an area identified by regulation 4(1) of the 2017 Regulations, being the main unit for the management of river basins for the purposes of the Water Framework Directive and being made up of a river basin or neighbouring river basins, together with associated groundwater, transitional waters and coastal water;

(b)

the North Eastern River Basin District; or

(c)

the Neagh Bann, North Western and Shannon International River Basin Districts;.

(3) In regulations 9(2) and 9(3) for “subparagraph” substitute “paragraph”.

(4) In regulations 10(1), 10(3), 10(7), 10(8), 11(1) and 23(2) for “sub-paragraph” substitute “paragraph”.

(5) For regulation 10(4) substitute—

(4) The sources mentioned in paragraph (3) are—

(a)the monitoring programmes for groundwater—

(i)established under the provisions specified in regulation 11 of the 2017 Regulations; and

(ii)designed in accordance with the requirements of those provisions and paragraphs 1 and 2(a) and (b) of Part A of Annex IV to the Directive; and

(b)for the purposes of identifying trends for the first river basin management plan, any data deemed relevant by the Department and gathered before the start of the monitoring programmes under sub-paragraph (4)(a)..

(6) Omit regulation 10(9).

(7) For regulation 11(2) substitute—

(2) The provision specified in this paragraph is regulation 26 of the 2017 Regulations..

(8) For regulation 14(2) substitute—

(2) Each programme of measures established under regulation 12 of the 2017 Regulations must include measures to prevent the input of hazardous substances into groundwater..

(9) For regulation 15(2) substitute

(2) Each programme of measures established under regulation 12 of the 2017 Regulations must include measures to limit the input of non-hazardous pollutants into groundwater..

(10) In regulation 19(2) for “Sub paragraph” substitute “paragraph”.

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