SEPA seeks help to find sewage dumpers

date21 May 2012

Scotland's environment watchdog is appealing for anyone who may have information on the illegal dumping of sewage sludge near Blairgowrie to get in touch and help catch those responsible.

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) received a report of sewage in a lay-by on the A93 just north of Bridge of Cally. When officers attended they found a small ditch to be full of sewage-like sludge.

As part of the investigation SEPA is now appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in that area to contact them.

Calum McGregor, Senior Environment Protection Officer based in Perth, said:

This is now the second time we have had a report of sewage being dumped in remote locations to the North of Blairgowrie. In 2010 sewage was dumped near Drimmie Wood, this latest incident was in a lay-by on the A93 just outside Bridge of Cally.  We are determined to find out who was responsible for this latest incident and to stop it happening again.  I would encourage anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact SEPA, in particular I would be interested if anyone saw a tanker stopped in that area in the last month or so."

"Provided businesses are properly registered with SEPA they can collect sewage effluent from septic tanks or sewage works, but they must take them to the appropriate facilities. The disposal of sewage in the countryside is not acceptable, and can result in a risk to the environment and to human health".

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents that may be helpful in SEPA's investigations please call either the pollution hotline 0800 80 70 60, or the SEPA Office in Perth on 01738 627989 alternatively they can call or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.       

To 'treat, keep or dispose of controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health' is prohibited under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Anyone convicted of an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 may result in a fine of up to £40,000 or imprisonment for a term of up to two years.