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  • Waste management (waste motor vehicle) permit consultation

    As part of our work to deliver One Planet Prosperity we have committed to simplify our permits across all sectors. Our Metals sector plan , published in December 2018, further commits to reforming metal sector permits. The first of these permits has now been revised – a... More
    Opened 24 January 2020
  • HMNB Clyde Application Consultation

    SEPA has received an application to approve radioactive waste disposal from HMNB Clyde. It is SEPA practice to consult with a number of organisations and the wider public on such applications. More
    Opened 13 January 2020
  • Significant Water Management Issues for Scotland

    Scotland is renowned worldwide for the quality of its rivers, lochs, wetlands and seas. They are some of the country’s greatest natural assets: attracting visitors, contributing to the health and well-being of its people, supporting a rich diversity of wildlife and providing for the... More
    Opened 19 December 2019
  • The challenges facing our water environment in the Solway Tweed

    The water environment is essential to life and is integral to the health and wellbeing of local communities. However it is under pressure from climate change and a legacy of historic demands. We must protect the water environment from further harm and look for opportunities to restore... More
    Opened 19 December 2019
  • The Leven Programme - Connectivity Project survey

    The Leven Programme is a regeneration initiative with the environment and people at its heart. It aims to breathe life back into the River Leven and improve the areas surrounding it, making them great places to live, work and visit. Reconnecting people and place is a key... More
    Opened 11 December 2019
  • Non-hazardous landfill permit consultation

    As part of SEPA’s work to deliver One Planet Prosperity we have committed to simplifying our permits across all sectors. Our landfill sector plan published in November 2018 further commits to developing landfill permits with clearer obligations. The first of the landfill... More
    Opened 29 November 2019
  • The use of biomass or feed to regulate the organic output from marine pen fish farming to the environment

    Scotland is the largest Atlantic salmon aquaculture producer in the European Union and third in the world after Norway and Chile. A contributing factor to this is Scotland’s reputation for a high quality environment and abundant freshwater resources. SEPA’s vision is that... More
    Opened 3 October 2019
  • SEPA Flood Risk Management Procurement Framework

    The purpose of this questionnaire is to capture your company’s views on the SEPA Flood Risk Management Framework Agreement (‘FRM Act Framework Agreement‘) for the period 2016 to June 2019. As a company that has provided services within the current framework, you are being invited... More
    Opened 2 October 2019
  • Waste data consultation

    We're changing today, creating a world-class organisation fit for the challenges of tomorrow, including producing information and evidence that people use to make decisions. As environmental issues become more central to health, well-being and sustainable economic growth, environmental... More
    Opened 2 September 2019
  • Forestry and wood processing sector plan

    The Scottish forestry and wood processing sector recognises that protecting the environment is fundamental to its success and is foremost in all its plans and operations. That’s why this draft sector plan is so important. It spells out ideas for how SEPA can assist the sector to solve... More
    Opened 1 July 2019
  • SEPA's WEEE Charging Scheme Consultation

    This consultation sets out the proposed charges for operators of schemes covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 (and amendments) which is expected to come into force in September and apply to charges from 1st January 2020 onwards. ... More
    Opened 18 April 2019
  • Dairy Processing Sector Plan

    Dairy processing turns Scottish farm produce into products that are sold in domestic and export markets. It is a sector that has a good record of compliance with Scotland’s environment protection laws. Opportunities exist to drive further significant reductions in energy, water and materials... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Strategic Infrastructure (Transport and Utilities) Sector Plan

    The type of infrastructure a society chooses to build says a lot about the type of future it is choosing for itself. Does a society lock in a high-carbon and resource-wasteful future? Or does it build a future that is as low as possible in using natural resources in the construction of... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Chemicals Manufacturing Sector Plan

    Chemicals are used in a variety of products and activities in modern life. The manufacture of chemicals has taken place over many years in Scotland. During this time, much has been learnt about how to reduce the environmental impact of these manufacturing processes. As new learning develops... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Crop Production Sector Plan

    As the world’s population grows beyond seven billion people and the global and local stresses on our environment increase, the challenge of how humanity feeds itself will be a tough one. In growing crops, as in all agricultural production, we will need to continue to look for ways to minimise... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Dairy Production Sector Plan

    Dairy production is an important sector in the Scottish economy. SEPA has developed a good working relationship with this sector over the past few years. Producers in this sector have made efforts to improve their environmental performance, but significant non-compliance challenges remain. ... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Housing Sector Plan

    In the future, only those cities, towns and villages that provide for prosperous, thriving lives within the resources of the planet will be successful and resilient. Getting our housing stock right is perhaps the most crucial part of this endeavour. Compared to most other sectors in which SEPA... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Leather Sector Plan

    Leather production has taken place in Scotland for many years. There are many improvements in the environmental performance of the sector that have been made and many more opportunities for further enhancements. That’s why this draft sector plan is so important. It spells out ideas... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Nuclear Power Generation and Decommissioning Sector Plan

    The nuclear power generation and decommissioning sector is a tightly regulated sector. In Scotland, there are very high levels of compliance with environment protection laws. SEPA is determined that this compliance performance will continue. We are also keen to help the sector explore further... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • Water Supply & Waste Water Treatment Sector Plan

    Water is essential to life itself as well as every aspect of our society and economy. The global pressures on our fresh water resources are enormous and will continue to grow. How a society manages the provision of its water supply and its waste water services will be a key determinant of how... More
    Opened 21 December 2018
  • 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 7 November 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... More
    Opened 9 October 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... More
    Opened 9 October 2018
  • 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 20 August 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... More
    Opened 22 June 2018
  • 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 22 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... More
    Opened 4 June 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... More
    Opened 1 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... More
    Opened 28 March 2018
  • 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
    Opened 26 March 2018
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