Environment Agency powers to inspect abstraction

Farmers and growers should ensure that their irrigation practices conform with their abstraction licence requirements.

You need to be sure that you understand the powers and practices used by the Environment Agency in respect of on-farm compliance.

EA inspectors have powers of entry for enforcement purposes which allow them to enter any premises to inspect abstraction.

In addition, EA inspectors are able to use powers of entry and search where they suspect that an offence has been committed, or have reasonable grounds for suspecting the commission of an offence.

It is important that you read your abstraction licence carefully to ensure that you comply with the terms of the licence, and any abstraction volume that you have been allocated.

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