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Statutory Instruments

2019 No. 123

Exiting The European Union, Northern Ireland

Agriculture, Northern Ireland

Environmental Protection, Northern Ireland

Forestry, Northern Ireland

Water Resources, Northern Ireland

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Sift requirements satisfied

5th December 2018

Made

9th January 2019

Laid before Parliament

30th January 2019

Coming into force in accordance with regulation 1

The Secretary of State makes these Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21(a)(i) and (b) of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018(1).

The requirements of paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 7 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (relating to the appropriate parliamentary procedure for these Regulations) have been satisfied.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

(2) These regulations extend to Northern Ireland only.

Amendments to the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

2.—(1) The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004(2) are amended as follows;

(2) In regulation 5(3) after “pursuant to” insert “any laws that implemented”.

(3) In regulation 7 for “the specific provisions of Community legislation” substitute “retained EU law”.

(4) In regulation 11(4) for “Community legislation” substitute “retained EU law”.

(5) In regulation 13—

(a)in paragraph (1) for “another” substitute “a”;

(b)in paragraph 3(a) for “another” substitute “a”.

(6) In regulation 14—

(a)in the heading omit “other”;

(b)in paragraph (1) omit “in that behalf” to “Directive”; and

(c)in paragraph (4)—

(i)in sub-paragraph (b) for “under Article 7.1 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Directive” substitute “by the Member State”; and

(ii)in sub-paragraph (d) for “under Article 7.1 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Directive” substitute “by the Member State”.

(7) In Schedule 1 in paragraph 1(e), for “Community legislation” substitute “retained EU law”.

(8) In Schedule 2—

(a)in paragraph 4, for the words from “such as” to the end substitute “such as a European Site (within the meaning of regulation 9 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995)”(3), and

(b)in paragraph 5, for “Community or Member State” substitute “or national”.

Amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

3.—(1) The Environmental Assessment (Forestry) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006(4) as amended as follows;

(2) In regulation 2(1)—

(a)in the definition of “Union Legislation” for “an EU obligation” substitute “retained EU law”.

(b)after the definition of “general advertisement” insert

“the Habitats Regulations” means the Conservation (Natural Habitats etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland 1995(5).;

(3) In regulation 12, in paragraph (1)(g) for “another” substitute “an”.

(4) In regulation 15, in the heading and in paragraph (1) and (7), in each place that it occurs for “another” substitute “an”.

(5) In regulation 30, in paragraph (2)(f) for “another” substitute “an”.

(6) In regulation 35—

(a)in the heading and in paragraph (1), in both places that it occurs, for “another” substitute “an”;

(b)in paragraph (4) omit “in accordance with Article 7.4 of the Directive”;

(c)in paragraph (4)(b) omit “other”.

(7) In Schedule 1, Part 1—

(a)in paragraph 6, for “established at Union or Member State level” substitute “in retained EU law or under other national legislation”;

(b)in paragraph 9, for the second sentence substitute

Relevant information available and obtained through risk assessments pursuant to retained EU law or UK environmental assessments may be used for this purpose provided that the requirements of any law that implements the Directive are met.

(8) In Schedule 2, paragraph 1(g) for “Conservation (Natural Habitats Etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland 1995” substitute “Habitats Regulations.”

(9) In Schedule 3, paragraph 2(v), for the words after “Natura 2000” to the end, substitute “as defined in regulation 3(1) of the “Habitats Regulations”.

(10) In Schedule 4, in paragraph (b), for the words after “attention to” to the end, substitute—

(i)species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state as specified in Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds;

(ii)natural habitat types in Annex 1 to Directive 92/43;

(iii)animal and plant species in Annex 2 or 4 to Directive 92/43.

Amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

4.—(1) The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007(6) are amended as follows;

(2) In regulation 2(1)—

(a)for the definition of “EU environmental assessment” substitute—

“EU environmental assessment” means an assessment of the effect of anything on the environment carried out under retained EU law other than any law of any part of the United Kingdom that implemented Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment;;

(b)after the definition of “the Habitat Regulations” insert—

“Natura 2000” means Natura 2000 as defined in regulation 2(1) of the Habitats Regulations;

(c)at the end add–

“Union legislation” means any enactment in the domestic legislation of Northern Ireland giving effect to retained EU law;

(d)omit the definition of “the Birds Directive”;

(e)omit the definition of “the EIA Directive”;

(f)in paragraph (2)—

(i)omit “EIA Directive”;

(ii)for “or the Habitats Directive” substitute “Habitats Regulations”;

(iii)for “relevant Directive” substitute “Habitats Regulations”.

(3) In regulation 3(2)(b) for “in accordance with Article 2(4) of the EIA Directive;” substitute “where the application of these Regulations would adversely affect the purpose of the project, but the objectives of these Regulations are still met;”

(4) In regulation 9A in paragraph (3)(b), for the words after “and in particular” to the end, substitute—

(i)species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state as specified in Directive 2009/14//EC on the conservation of wild birds;

(ii)natural habitat types in Annex 1 to the Habitats Directive;

(iii)animal and plant species in Annex 2 or 4 of the Habitats Directive.

(5) In regulation 14—

(a)in the heading and in paragraph (1) in both places for “another” substitute “an”;

(b)in paragraph (5)(a), for “referred to in Article 6(1) of the EIA Directive” substitute “which the EEA State designated to be consulted about the project”;

(c)in paragraph (6) omit “In accordance with Article 7(4) of the EIA Directive,”.

(6) In regulation 15—

(a)in the heading for “another” substitute “an”;

(b)in paragraph (1) for from “If the Department” to “the Department shall” substitute—

(1) If the Department receives information from an EEA State in relation to a significant project in that EEA State, the Department shall

(c)in paragraph (2) omit “In accordance with Article 7(4) of the EIA Directive,”

(d)in paragraph (3)—

(i)for “another” substitute “an”;

(ii)omit “in accordance with Article 9(2) of the EIA Directive”.

(7) In regulation 16 in paragraph (4)(c), for “another” substitute “an”.

(8) In regulation 17—

(a)in paragraph (5) for “European Commission” substitute “Department”;

(b)in paragraph (6) omit words in brackets after “Natura 2000”.

(9) In Schedule 2 paragraph 2(c)(v) omit the words after “Natura 2000”.

(10) In Schedule 3—

(a)in paragraph 5, for “at Union or Member State Level” substitute “in Union legislation or under other national legislation”, and

(b)in paragraph 8, for the second sentence substitute “Relevant information available and obtained through risk assessments pursuant to Union legislation or UK environmental assessments may be used for this purpose provided that the requirements of any law that implemented Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment are met”.

Amendments to the Water Resources (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017

5.—(1) The Water Resources (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017(7) are amended as follows;

(2) In regulation 2(1), in alphabetical order insert—

“the Habitats Directive” means Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, as last amended Council Directive 2013/17/EU;

“the Habitats Regulations” means the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995(8);

“Natura 2000” has the meaning given in regulation 2(2) of the Habitats Regulations;

“Union legislation” means any enactment in the domestic legislation of Northern Ireland giving effect to retained EU law.

(3) In regulation 4(1)(b), for the words after “particular attention to” to the end, substitute—

(i)species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state as specified in Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds;

(ii)natural habitat types in Annex 1 of the Habitats Directive;

(iii)animal and plant species in Annex 2 or 4 of the Habitats Directive.

(4) In regulation 5(1)(a) for “the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995” substitute “the Habitats Regulations”.

(5) In regulation 6—

(a)in paragraph (3) for “an EU obligation” substitute “retained EU law”;

(b)in paragraph (5)(a)(ii) for “any EU obligation” substitute “retained EU law”.

(6) In regulation 11—

(a)in the heading and in paragraph (1) (a) and (b) in each place for “another” substitute” an”;

(b)in paragraph (4), for “referred to in Article 6.1 of the Directive” substitute “which the EEA State designated to be consulted about the project”;

(c)in paragraph (5) omit “in accordance with Article 7.4 of the Directive”.

(7) In regulation 12—

(a)in the heading and in paragraph (1) in both places for “another” substitute” an”;

(b)in paragraph (1) omit “pursuant to Article 7.2 of the Directive” and “,in accordance with Article 7.4 of the Directive”;

(c)in sub-paragraph (1)(b) for “to the competent authority in that EEA State representations pursuant to Article 7.3(b) of the Directive” substitute “representations to the competent authority in that EEA State which the State designated as responsible for performing the duties arising from the Directive”;

(d)in sub-paragraph (2)(c) omit “in order to comply with Article 9.2 of the Directive”.

(8) In Schedule 2—

(a)in paragraph 2(c)(v) omit the words after “Natura 2000 areas”;

(b)in paragraph 2(c)(vi), after “Union legislation” insert “prior to exit day or retained EU law”.

(9) In Schedule 3—

(a)in paragraph 5(2) for “at Union or Member State level” substitute “in retained EU law or under other national legislation”;

(b)in paragraph 8, for the second sentence substitute “Relevant information available and obtained through risk assessments pursuant to retained EU law or UK environmental assessments may be used for this purpose provided that the requirements of any law that implemented the Directive are met”

Thérèse Coffey

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

9th January 2019

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations are made in order to address deficiencies in EU-derived domestic legislation arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

These Regulations make amendments to subordinate legislation in the field of Environmental Impact Assessments in relation to Northern Ireland.

An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no, or no significant, impact on the private or voluntary sector is foreseen.

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