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  • Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan

    Scotland’s finfish aquaculture sector relies on Scotland’s high quality environment and abundant freshwater resources. We have unveiled firm, evidence-based proposals for a revised regulatory regime and at its heart, a new sector plan that outlines how we propose to do this. ... More
    Opened 1 week ago
  • 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... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • 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... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • 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... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 4 months ago
  • 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... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • Working together - Statement of consultation steps for the Solway Tweed river basin district

    SEPA and the Environment Agency share responsibility for river basin management planning for the Solway Tweed river basin district. We are now starting the process of updating this plan. The plan describes the environmental objectives for all the water bodies within the Solway Tweed... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 5 months ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 6 months ago
  • Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Supporting guidance

    This consultation is in two parts. This part of the consultation seeks your views on supporting guidance. Please read the related documents at the bottom of this page before responding to the online survey below. If you would like to comment on the other part on the draft regulations,... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018

    This consultation is in two parts. This part of the consultation seeks your views on the draft regulations. Please read the related documents at the bottom of this page before responding to the online survey below. If you would like to comment on the other part on the supporting guidance,... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • 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 1 year ago
  • Consultation on the new SEPA Compliance Assessment Scheme

    SEPA routinely assesses the environmental performance of the operators that we regulate. One of our main duties is to determine how well an operator is complying with their environmental obligations. We call this process ‘Compliance Assessment’ and we determine this by using rules set out... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 1 year ago
  • 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 1 year ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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. ... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Controlled Activities Regulations level of authorisation at construction sites

    The construction of new infrastructure, commercial and residential property is important for the continued sustainable economic growth of Scotland. When construction sites are not managed properly during the construction phase of a development this may lead to pollution of the water... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • Food Waste Management in Scotland

    Consultation on proposed new guidance on Food Waste Management in Scotland and review of SEPA’s end-of-waste regulatory positions for compost and anaerobic digestate. SEPA is seeking responses to our consultation on guidance which sets out obligations along the chain of food waste management... More
    Closed 2 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • A consultation on changes to requirements for applicants to demonstrate financial provision for waste management activities

    This consultation provides an opportunity for you to give your views on SEPA’s proposed approach to financial provision for waste management sites. We are proposing to change the way in which we calculate financial liability for waste management sites and how we require applicants to... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 3 years ago
  • 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... More
    Closed 3 years ago
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