Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977

Review of licence under section 4.

7.—(1) A local authority may review a licence under section 4 at intervals of not less than three years from the date of the licence or the last review of the licence, or at any time with the consent of the person making, causing or permitting the discharge.

(2) As soon as may be after it has completed a review under this section, a local authority may amend or delete any condition attached to the licence or attach new conditions to the licence, and where appropriate shall grant a revised licence under section 4 in substitution for the licence reviewed.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any provision in a licence under section 4—

(a) any such licence may be reviewed at any time by the local authority which granted it where the authority has reasonable grounds for believing the discharge authorised by the licence to be a significant threat to public health or where a material change has taken place in conditions in the receiving waters which could not reasonably have been foreseen when the licence was granted,

(b) where regulations under section 26 relate to an effluent the discharge of which is authorised by such a licence or to the waters to which such effluent is discharged, the licence shall be reviewed by the local authority which granted it as soon as may be after the regulations are made,

and subsection (2) shall apply to a review under this subsection.

(4) (a) The Minister may make regulations for the purpose of this section.

(b) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (a), regulations under this subsection may make provision in relation to all or any of the following matters:

(i) the giving of notice by a local authority to a person discharging or causing or permitting a discharge of intention to review a licence,

(ii) requiring a statement in such a notice that representations relating to the review may be made within a specified period, and

(iii) requiring local authorities to publish any specified notices with respect to amendment or deletion of any condition attached, or attachment of new conditions, to a licence.