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The Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2016

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42.—(1) A referee appointed under section 61(1) of the Act must, within a period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the referee was appointed, invite the reservoir manager in question to give to the referee a statement in writing of the grounds of challenge under, as the case may be—

(a)section 59(2) (referral to referee: directions in safety report or inspection report) of the Act; or

(b)section 60(1) (referral to referee: requirements in preliminary certificate or final certificate) of the Act.

(2) Where a reservoir manager is invited to give a statement under paragraph (1), the reservoir manager must give the statement in writing to the referee within a period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the reservoir manager was invited to do so.

(3) Where a referee is given a statement in accordance with paragraph (2), the referee must give a copy of the statement to the relevant engineer and invite the engineer to give to the referee observations in writing in relation to the statement within a period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the engineer was given the copy of the statement.

(4) Where a referee is given observations in accordance with paragraph (3), the referee—

(a)must give a copy of the observations to the reservoir manager and invite the manager to give to the referee comments in writing in relation to the observations within a period of 21 days beginning with the day on which the manager was given the copy of the observations; and

(b)may arrange to meet the reservoir manager and the relevant engineer, or their representatives, to hear any observations that either party may wish to make orally.

(5) The referee may carry out an investigation and this may include an inspection of the reservoir in question (with or without the reservoir manager and the relevant engineer, or their representatives) before making a decision under, as the case may be—

(a)section 62(2) (powers of referee: referral under section 59(2)) of the Act; or

(b)section 63(2) (powers of referee: referral under section 60(1)) of the Act.

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