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  • A consultation on the River Basin Management Plan for the Solway Tweed River Basin District: 2021 Update

    We are asking for your feedback on the proposed update to the Solway Tweed river basin management plan. Your responses to this consultation will help ensure that SEPA and the Environment Agency coordinates our work to ensure the updated plan supports a green economy, wildlife and habitats... More
    Opened 21 December 2020
  • The draft river basin management plan for Scotland 2021 - 2027

    The river basin management plan (RBMP) sets out how Scottish Government, SEPA, other responsible authorities and partners work together to protect and improve the water environment in Scotland. The plan aims to prevent deterioration and improve the quality of the water environment to at least... More
    Opened 21 December 2020
  • Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

    SEPA has been subject to a significant cyber-attack involving complex and sophisticated criminality. For more information, visit . This is the consultation hub for Scotland’s draft Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans. The... More
    Opened 21 December 2020
  • Water resources management plan consultation

    Everyday the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment, helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet. This is the basis of One Planet Prosperity – Our Regulatory Strategy . This strategy sets out ways... More
    Opened 18 December 2020
  • Consultation on the hydro abstraction scheme charges

    This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the subsistence fees we charge under The Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme for hydro-electric installations regulated by SEPA under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 for... More
    Opened 17 December 2020
  • Protecting Scotland's groundwaters from pollution

    The Scottish Government is consulting on improvements to the way in which we protect groundwater in Scotland. The 'Protecting Scotland's groundwater from pollution' consultation proposes: revised environmental standards; an updated list of groundwater hazardous... More
    Opened 23 November 2020
  • Revised guidance regarding provision and assessment of technically competent management at licensed waste management facilities

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) proposes to alter the existing guidance document, WST-G-002 Provision and assessment of technically competent management at licensed waste management facilities . The changes reflect the fact that SEPA will now assess technical competence... More
    Opened 2 November 2020
  • Radioactive substances activities charges consultation

    This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the fees we charge for regulating radioactive substances activities. These activities are those regulated under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EASR) and those still covered by the Radioactive... More
    Opened 20 October 2020
  • Consultation on the revised guidance on the use of enforcement action

    In 2014, the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act was passed, giving SEPA its statutory purpose to protect and improve the environment in ways that, as far as possible, create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. One Planet Prosperity is our regulatory strategy for... More
    Opened 19 October 2020
  • The River Leven Park consultation

    Throughout this year, we’ve been asking local people, stakeholders and groups about the improvements they would like to see happen along the River Leven at Levenmouth, to enhance their enjoyment of the river and access to and along it. We’ve looked at all the feedback received via... More
    Opened 9 October 2020
  • Consultation on the marine fish farm charges

    There has been a significant change in the type of work SEPA has and will do in regulating the marine fish farm industry. This goes from how we assess the initial applications through to the way we monitor fish farms, audit the way operators manage their activities and directly inspect the... More
    Opened 25 September 2020
  • Proposed Revision of Radioactive Substances Activities Standard Condition C.4.1.

    The purpose of this consultation is to inform you of our proposal to revise condition C.4.1 of the standard conditions for radioactive substances activities (transfer of radioactive waste outside of the United Kingdom) made under the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018... More
    Opened 22 September 2020
  • Consultation on amendment of the conditions allowing the receipt of radioactive waste and contaminated items

    The Policy for the Long Term Management of Solid Low Level Radioactive Waste in the United Kingdom (the LLW policy) published by Defra, DTI and the Devolved Administrations in 2007 says that: ‘The import of LLW from other countries may only be authorised or consented to by the competent UK... More
    Opened 30 July 2020
  • Consultation on the Emission Trading Scheme charges

    This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the fees we charge for regulating installations regulated by SEPA under the UK Emissions Trading System/Carbon Emissions Tax from 2021, how these charges have been developed, and how you can respond to this consultation. This... More
    Opened 24 July 2020
  • Active Travel Network Route Consultation

    Amey Consulting on behalf of The Leven Programme has carried out an assessment of an active travel network over the whole Levenmouth area and, through this process, has identified routes that will provide the greatest benefit. The resulting proposed active travel network is shown on the... More
    Opened 16 July 2020
  • Spaces for People consultation

    Spaces for People is a new, temporary infrastructure programme in Scotland which offers funding and support to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by... More
    Opened 3 July 2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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