Closed consultations

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  • Improving the physical condition of Scotland’s water environment

    The aim of this draft plan is to identify the work needed to deliver an improvement in the physical condition of Scotland's water environment as well as a wide range of wider environmental, social and economic benefits. Repairing the damage to the physical condition of the water environment will improve ecology and enhance the value of the resource for others, such as landowners and fishermen as well as the general public. Such improvements also have significant benefits for the wider... More
    Closed 27 February 2013
  • Working together to protect and improve Scotland's water environment: Getting involved in developing the second river basin plan

    We are currently seeking comments from public bodies involved in management of the water environment, together with land and water managers, and commercial users on the development of the second river basin management plan. The consultation: outlines the timetable and work programme for the development of the second river basin management plan in 2015; highlights the opportunities and structures/groups in place to enable you to influence the development of the second plan;... More
    Closed 28 February 2013
  • Working together to protect and improve the Solway-Tweed water environment: Getting involved in developing the second river basin plan

    What is this consultation about? This consultation: outlines the timetable and work programme for the development of the second river basin management plan in 2015; highlights the opportunities and structures/groups in place to enable you to influence the development of second plan; provides you with the opportunity to let us know any additional ways in which you would like to get involved in river basin planning; sets out how we propose to develop a second plan that... More
    Closed 28 February 2013
  • Current condition and challenges for the future: Scotland river basin district

    This consultation provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the development of new approaches to address the significant water management challenges in the Scotland river basin district. It also describes the condition of the water environment and progress towards achievement of improvement objectives set for 2015. The information and analyses presented in this document support the development of the second river basin plan to be published in 2015. We welcome your views, ideas,... More
    Closed 22 June 2014
  • Current condition and challenges for the future: Solway Tweed river basin district

    This public consultation provides you with the opportunity to contribute to the development of new approaches for the water management challenges for the Solway Tweed river basin district. It is set in the context of an update on the condition of the water environment and our progress on delivering the first management plan published in 2009 which set targets for water management for 2015 and beyond. The information and analyses presented in this document support the development of... More
    Closed 22 June 2014
  • A public consultation to inform the development of the second River Basin Management Plan for the Scotland River Basin District

    Working together to protect and improve our water environment. Scotland’s water environment is one of our greatest natural assets providing many ecosystem services which support our health, wellbeing, wildlife and the sustainable growth of our economy. Our vision is one where the water environment is improved and these essential services preserved and enhanced for the benefit of current and future generations. River basin management planning is at the heart of... More
    Closed 9 April 2015
  • A public consultation to inform the development of the second river basin management plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district

    Working together to protect and improve our water environment River basin management is about protecting and improving our rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater. Getting it right is important to ensure we can all enjoy the many benefits – the ecosystems services – a clean and healthy water environment provides to our economy, our health and our social well-being. All our businesses rely on the water environment in some way or another and it plays a... More
    Closed 9 June 2015
  • Consultation on proposals to introduce a charging scheme under the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2015

    When fully implemented, the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 (‘the 2011 Act’) will transfer responsibility for the regulation of reservoir safety in Scotland from the existing 32 Scottish local authorities to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Historically, reservoir safety regulation in Scotland has been carried out by local authorities via the Reservoirs Act 1975 (‘the 1975 Act’). The transfer of reservoir duties from local authorities to SEPA, and the... More
    Closed 10 July 2015
  • Consultation on Proposals for a New Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Regulatory Charging Scheme

    This consutation provides an opportunity for you to give your views on SEPA’s proposed new charging scheme. Stakeholder views are important to us and we would welcome your comments on this important issue. Your input will influence how we develop the scheme before submitting it to Scottish Ministers. SEPA is obliged to recover from operators the costs to SEPA of regulating the activities for which the operator is responsible. We propose to replace five existing schemes –... More
    Closed 24 September 2015
  • Consultation on Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Enforcement Policy and Guidance

    This consultation provides an opportunity for you to give your views on SEPA’s revised enforcement policy and new guidance on enforcement. Stakeholder views are important to us and we would welcome your comments on these important documents. The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (RR(S) Act) has enabled the Scottish Ministers to give SEPA the power to impose fixed and variable monetary penalties and accept enforcement undertakings (the enforcement measures). The enforcement... More
    Closed 31 October 2015
  • Consultation on the revision of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Compliance Assessment Scheme

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on proposed improvements to the Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS) used by SEPA and to reflect your feedback where possible in the revised scheme. Please note that the implementation date has changed to 1 January 2017. As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, SEPA issues a range of environmental licences, permits and authorisations designed to control activities that could, if uncontrolled lead to pollution or harm... More
    Closed 30 November 2015
  • Guidance on Requirements for Release of Nuclear Sites from Radioactive Substances Regulation

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), together referred to as “the environment agencies”, are consulting on our proposed new guidance on “Requirements for Release of Nuclear Sites from Radioactive Substances Regulation”. This consultation is being managed by SEPA on behalf of all three environment agencies. This formal consultation will remain open for 12 weeks, until 9th May 2016. What are we... More
    Closed 9 May 2016
  • SEPA’s requirements for activities related to geothermal energy

    SEPA is consulting on our proposed new guidance SEPA’s requirements for activities related to geothermal energy The extraction of geothermal energy can involve a number of activities which are regulated by SEPA under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR). This guidance is directed at anybody planning to install a geothermal energy system. It is designed to help developers understand what authorisation is required by SEPA for controlled... More
    Closed 12 September 2016
  • CAR Licences for Deep Boreholes - Information Requirements

    SEPA is consulting on our proposed new guidance CAR Licences for Deep Boreholes - Information Requirements The guidance is directed at anybody planning to drill and operate a deep borehole in Scotland. It is designed to help them with their application by setting out the minimum information SEPA require to review a deep borehole licence application. This in turn should help improve the quality of applications SEPA receive and therefore improve the efficiency of the licencing process.... More
    Closed 12 September 2016
  • Proposed new guidance on monitoring for heterogeneous Radium-226 sources resulting from historic luminising or waste disposal sites

    SEPA is consulting on our proposed new ' Guidance on monitoring for heterogeneous Radium-226 sources resulting from historic luminising or waste disposal sites '. We have produced this guidance to aid Local Authorities and contractors in undertaking what SEPA considers to be current best practice for radiological walkover surveys concerning gamma emitting radionuclides, specifically radium-226, under Part IIA and also under the Planning regime in Scotland. More
    Closed 12 October 2016
  • SEPA Guidance on Waste Regulation that Applies to Reuse Activities

    Reuse is increasingly recognised as an important activity which can extend the life of products, reduce extraction of virgin resources, reduce environmental impacts of waste management, keep value in the economy, create employment and provide products for low income households. We are consulting on Draft Guidance on Waste Regulation that Applies to Reuse Activities. This guidance outlines a set of principles that can be applied to any reuse activity to help decide whether the items... More
    Closed 17 November 2016
  • Determining the amount of a variable monetary penalty

    Variable Monetary Penalties (VMPs) are a new enforcement measure made available to SEPA under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 through which fines up to £40,000 can be imposed for certain environmental offences. The aim of VMPs is to help address a compliance gap that exists between statutory notices and criminal prosecutions. More
    Closed 28 November 2016
  • Guidance on the recovery and disposal of waste in quarries

    SEPA believes that there is scope for restoration projects in quarries utilising waste to be licensed as recovery operations. This consultation seeks views on the proposed factors that would be used to help make a determination on whether an operation would be seen as recovery or disposal. This consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks and will close on 31st March 2017. More
    Closed 31 March 2017
  • Proposals for an Integrated Authorisation Framework

    This is a Scottish Government consultation that sets out proposals for a new integrated environmental authorisation framework for SEPA. The new framework plans to bring together the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements for existing environmental protection regimes relating to water, waste, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. This consultation sets out the detail of the proposals for a new integrated authorisation framework and the impacts they... More
    Closed 12 April 2017
  • The Use of Gypsum to Improve Soil Conditions

    This concerns all companies that have an interest in the use of gypsum for agricultural and ecological improvement. SEPA is planning to provide new guidance on the use of gypsum on land, but wishes to consult first to understand the impacts on business. More
    Closed 7 July 2017
  • Depositional Zone Regulation - A new regulatory method for marine cage fish farms

    Globally, our oceans are under stress. This was powerfully emphasised at the recent United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. One of the many pressures on our marine environment is the harvesting of wild fish stocks. Aquaculture, including caged fish farming, represents one way to reduce this pressure but only if it is done well. If done poorly, it can also cause damage to the marine environment. SEPA's role is to ensure that aquaculture in Scotland's marine environment operates... More
    Closed 30 September 2017
  • Consultation on proposal for new Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018

    This consultation is closed. It presented the details of the planned changes outlined in the 2015 Charging Scheme consultation (2015 Consultation) to further develop the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2016 (the Scheme) which came into force on 1 April 2016. The revised Scheme should come into effect on 1 April 2018. There are four main types of changes that were being proposing: Planned implementation of 2015 consultation proposals. The Scheme outlined... More
    Closed 10 November 2017
  • SEPA Consultation on 2018 Reservoir Charging Scheme

    This consultation seeks your views on charges in 2018/19 and beyond for the work undertaken by SEPA for the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Reservoirs (Scotland) Regulations 2016 and how we intend to review these charges in 2018. More
    Closed 19 November 2017
  • Sector approach to regulation: Consultations on Scotch Whisky, Landfill and Metals Sector Plans

    We recognise that as a society, we are over-using our planet’s resources, and if everyone lived as we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to sustain ourselves. In the 21st century, only those businesses, societies and nations which have developed ways to prosper within the planet’s regenerative capacity will thrive. Scotland’s economy is becoming increasingly resource reliant and there is general acceptance of the need to live within planetary constraints. All businesses... More
    Closed 7 May 2018
  • Consultation on draft Standard Conditions for radioactive substances authorisations

    Links to consultation documents are at the bottom of this page. As part of the Better Environmental Regulation Programme, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are working together to develop an integrated authorisation framework. The aim of the framework is to integrate the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements relating to water, waste management, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. The integrated... More
    Closed 20 June 2018
  • Charges for RSA under the new Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations

    This consultation set out the proposed changes in the charging scheme to allow the implementation of the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations (EASR) for radioactive substances activities (RSA). Background In 2017, Scottish Government and SEPA consulted on the proposed Integrated Authorisation Framework. This covered how different sets of regulations (PPC, CAR, waste and RSA) would be transferred to the new regulations. The first regulated... More
    Closed 16 July 2018
  • Flood Risk Management in Scotland- 2018 Consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas

    Your views count – have your say on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland. The consultation runs from 1 May to 31 July 2018, and we’d like your views. What are Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs)? PVAs are where significant flood risk exists now or is likely to occur in the future. They are part of the National Flood Risk Assessment process, and help Scotland to understand and prioritise where work could benefit the most. They are a vital part... More
    Closed 31 July 2018
  • Tyre Sector Plan

    We're creating a world class environment protection agency by grounding our regulation and activities across whole sectors. Sector plans will be at the heart of everything we do and will shape our interactions with business. The Tyre Sector Plan will encourage innovation and shape how the agency regulates the industry. With approximately 100 tyres turned into waste every 15 minutes in Scotland SEPA is committed to working with partners to eliminate the problem of waste tyres.... More
    Closed 20 November 2018
  • Oil and Gas Decommissioning Sector Plan

    We're creating a world class environment protection agency by grounding our regulation and activities across whole sectors. Sector plans will be at the heart of everything we do and will shape our interactions with business. The sector plan for oil and gas decommissioning will bring a clear and co-ordinated approach to regulation. It will put environmental protection and sustainable resource use at the heart of its development, managing decommissioned waste streams in ways that... More
    Closed 20 November 2018
  • River basin management planning in Scotland: statement of consultation steps for the third plans

    We are now starting the process of updating the Scotland river basin district management plan. The plan, along with the Solway Tweed river basin district management plan, describes the environmental objectives for all Scotland’s river, loch, groundwater, estuary and coastal water bodies and is a route map for achieving them. The plan is updated every six years. You can view the current plan here: River basin management plan for the Scotland river basin district 2015 - 2027 ... More
    Closed 22 December 2018
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