Land contamination and impacts on the water environment

Closes 12 Feb 2021

Opened 23 Nov 2020

Overview

The Scottish Government is consulting on a framework for Protecting Scotland’s groundwater from pollution. The consultation proposes revised environmental standards, greater clarity about the circumstances where remediation of land contamination is required and an improved approach to prioritising areas of for remedial action.

To align with the proposals SEPA has revised the guidance, Land contamination and impacts on the water environment, which is set out below.

It is recommended that you read the Scottish Government consultation prior to reading this guidance. This will allow you to understand the changes being proposed by the Scottish Government before reading the more detailed guidance.

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Why we are consulting

The key concepts and associated questions regarding groundwater standards and land contamination are set out in the Scottish Government consultation document. To help industry and other interested stakeholders further understand the detail of the proposed approach SEPA has updated the guidance, Land contamination and impacts on the water environment.

Your views are sought on several issues set out in the document and associated appendices. We will use your views to produce a revised version of this guidance.

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Audiences

  • Agriculture
  • Distilling
  • Hydropower
  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Industry
  • Landowners/ managers
  • Forestry
  • Public
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Land

Interests

  • Water Regulation
  • Diffuse pollution
  • Restoration
  • Protected areas
  • Water Quality
  • Water flows and levels
  • Flood Risk Management Planning
  • River Basin Management Planning
  • Resources
  • Regulated activities