Pitt Review and proposals for legislative change

The Pitt Review of 2008 included Chapter 19 on the Effective Management of Dams and Reservoirs.  In response to the review the Environment Agency put forward proposed changes to the Reservoirs Act 1975 to Defra.  The principal proposed change is to introduce a risk-based approach to the legislation and ensure that those currently unregulated reservoirs that constitute a significant risk are managed.

The Government has announced that it will publish a draft Floods and Water Bill in the Spring for pre-legislative scrutiny. The Bill is expected to address how the Government will implement its response to the recommendations of the Pitt Review report including issues relating to reservoirs.

Follow this link to Chapter 19 of the Pitt Review  entitled Effective Management of Dams and Reservoirs

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