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Reservoirs Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Section 75 – Emergency powers

This section enables the Department to take emergency action to protect people or property against an escape of water from a controlled reservoir that may cause harm. Subsection (2) enables the Department to take any emergency action to prevent such an event or to limit its effects. Subsection (3) requires the Department to commission an appropriate panel engineer to make recommendations regarding measures to be taken and to supervise the taking of the measures. The Department must notify the reservoir manager of the measures to be taken, or which have been taken. Subsections (7) enables the Department, if it considers it appropriate, by notice require the reservoir manager to pay the Department all or part of any associated costs reasonably incurred in the exercise of its powers under this section. Subject to right of appeal (section 76) the reservoir manager must pay any costs so incurred and specified in the notice.

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