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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 34 – Priority substances etc.

58.This section inserts a new paragraph (p) into subsection (3) of section 29 (decision on application for trade effluent consent) of the 1968 Act. The new paragraph allows Scottish Water to impose conditions as to the elimination or diminution of any priority substance or pollutant contained in trade effluent in a trade effluent consent granted under section 26 of the 1968 Act. Any occupier of trade premises who discharges trade effluent into the sewers of Scottish Water contrary to conditions imposed under Part 2 of the 1968 Act commits a criminal offence under section 24(2) of that Act.

59.The section also inserts a new section 29A into 1968 Act which defines the terms “priority substance” and “pollutant” for the purposes of new section 29(3)(p) of the 1968 Act. “Priority substance” is defined by reference to Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy, and “pollutant” is defined by reference to the Controlled Activities Regulations. The Scottish Ministers may make consequential modifications of those definitions by regulations where the Directive or Regulations are modified.

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