SEPA has extended the deadline for data returns by those holding a water abstraction licence. Although the submission date was 31 December 2013, SEPA will accept data returns submitted by 31 January 2014. CROSS COMPLIANCE PAYMENTS MAY BE AT RISK IF RETURNS ARE NOT SUBMIT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.
SEPA has made it easier for licence holders to submit their water abstraction data returns. Previously, licence holders could only submit paper copies of their data, but now these can be sent electronically. Licence holders can still submit their data in a paper form to the office stated on their licence, but SEPA would prefer electronic submissions.
Even if no water has been abstracted for any period, this information must still be reported to SEPA (as a nil return) using the abstraction data returns form.
Manual submission of forms can be done by using the attached form. This allows for easy notification of a nil return use by simply ticking the first tick box and signing and returning the form to your local SEPA office.
It is important that data returns are submitted to SEPA in order to allow them to make an accurate assessment of the impact of irrigation on rivers over the summer. DATA RETURNS ARE ALSO REQUIRED BY SEPA FOR CROSS COMPLIANCE PURPOSES ADMINISTERED THROUGH SGRPID. FAILURE TO SUBMIT DATA RETURNS IS CONSIDERED NON-COMPLIANCE WITH A CONDITION OF THE LICENCE AND COULD AFFECT PAYMENT UNDER THE CROSS COMPLIANCE SCHEME.
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