Revised Brown Booklet published online by SEPA

date20 March 2012

A new version of the Brown Booklet has been published online by Scotland's environment watchdog.

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The revised and updated version of the the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) guidance, Water Pollution Arising from Land Containing Chemical Contaminants, provides information on how SEPA assesses whether significant pollution of the water environment is occurring, or is likely to occur, at a site with land contamination. It replaces the previous version which was printed in booklet form in 2001 and is now out of date.

Caroline Thornton, SEPA Contaminated land policy officer, said:

The updated version of the guidance, commonly known as the Brown Booklet, reflects SEPA's current approach, based on working with both the Part IIA (Contaminated Land) and planning regimes over the last 11 years. It also takes account of the evolution of interacting European Commission and domestic legislation.

"It provides information to the contaminated land community - third parties, including Local Authorities and environmental professionals, on how SEPA assesses whether significant pollution of the water environment is occurring, or is likely to occur, at a site with land contamination. Its purpose is to provide a generic overview and to act as a pointer to other references in pursuing a site-specific approach to risk assessment of the water environment.

"A revised version of the original guidance Water Pollution Arising from Land Containing Chemical Contaminants has been required for some time now, but production has been slowed due to the shifting legislative scenery, in relation to both EC and domestic interacting regimes over previous years." 

The booklet is available online only.

The production of supplementary guidance, position statements, policy advice or further revisions will be considered and progressed by SEPA as and when key issues or developments arise. 

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