23 July 2015
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The consultation forms the next stage of public engagement on additional enforcement powers granted to SEPA under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. These powers will include the ability to issue fixed and variable monetary penalties and accept enforcement undertakings. SEPA will also have the ability to recover costs from some investigations, while the new powers will help SEPA to take a more proportionate and effective approach to enforcement.
Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA said:
We are committed to implementing the new enforcement tools in a proportionate and transparent way and stakeholder feedback on the proposed policy and guidance will help us to do this.
“The majority of those we regulate understand and comply with environmental requirements but it’s important that our officers have the right tools to change the behaviour of those who ignore our advice and their responsibilities.
“The new environmental enforcement framework will deter and punish actions which damage the environment, adversely impact communities and undermine legitimate businesses.”
The new framework has been developed jointly with Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and follows several rounds of engagement with stakeholders during previous consultations in 2012 and 2014.
The consultation is open to the public until 22 October, 2015. The new powers will not take effect until an enforcement order has been made by Scottish Ministers and is expected to be laid before Parliament later this year.
Notes to editors
All information related to the consultation is available on the SEPA Consultations portal here.
Links to feedback from previous enforcement consultations are listed below:
- Scottish Government / SEPA consultation on Proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation(2012) - www.gov.scot/Publications/2012/05/6822
- The 2014 consultation results - www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/05/7496
For information on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 - www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2014/3/contents/enacted