|Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (England) Regulations 2015
The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Wales) Regulations 2009
The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2015
The Environmental Liability (Prevention and Remediation) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
The Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009
The Environmental Liability (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015
| The English Regulations came into force on 19 July 2015 and apply to England only. They impose obligations on operators certain activities requiring them to prevent or remediate environmental damage. They apply to damage to protected species, natural habitats, sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs), water and land and implement:
- Directive 2004/35/EC, on environmental liability; and
- Directive 2013/30/EU, on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.
In doing so, they consolidate, revoke and replace the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009. The 2015 Amendment Regulations extend categories of environmental damage to include damage to marine waters beyond 12 nautical miles from the baselines in Northern Ireland and correct errors in the Regulations. These Regulations also provide that in Scottish waters the Scottish Ministers are the enforcing authority except where otherwise specified. In particular the Secretary of State will continue to be the enforcing authority with respect to preventing and remedying damage caused by oil, gas and carbon dioxide storage activities, and with respect to the prevention of damage from marine transport activities. The Scottish 2009 Regulations have recently been amended by the Environmental Liability (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 which came into force on the 19 July 2015. The Northern Ireland Amendment came into force on 14 December 2009, amending the Environmental Liability (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) of the same year.