Media Releases

River flumes provide safe crossing for walkers

River flumes provide safe crossing for walkers

date30 December 2014

Flumes installed at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) river gauging station at Eas Daimh will give walkers a safe way to access Ben Lui from the nearby Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) car park. The project, which was conducted in collaboration with both FCS and Network Rail, and with input from British Transport Police, means that there is now an alternative to trespassing on the mainline railway. Read more

2014 irrigation water abstraction data returns

Water

date18 December 2014

Now that 2014 is almost over, if you hold an irrigation water abstraction licence from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) you should be in the process of collating and sending in your data returns. They must be returned by 31 December 2014. Read more

Scotland's first conference on environmental waste crime

Scotland's first conference on environmental waste crime

date26 November 2014

Scotland’s first environmental waste crime conference was held in Edinburgh today, bringing together key agencies and organisations to look at the scale and extent of waste crime in Scotland, and how to tackle it. Read more

Compliance assessment results published for 2013

Environmental data

date11 November 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (11 November) published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2013, which show that 90% of the operators assessed achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant. Read more

Kirkton Industrial Estate set to be improved by planting new trees

Biodiversity

date05 November 2014

A group of people from Arbroath are set to help improve a local industrial estate by planting trees on Friday 14 November. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) staff and volunteers from companies at Kirkton Industrial Estate, including Pioneer Oil Tools & Multi Packaging Solutions, are looking forward to putting their new saplings in the ground as part of an event which has been organised to introduce biodiversity to the area. Read more

Going for Green - SEPA reports on its sustainability

SEPA’s environmental performance

date27 October 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has, for the fifth consecutive year, put the brakes on its travel and transport emissions, and has achieved waste recycling rates well above the national average according to a new report which has been published today (27 October 2014). Read more

Another good summer for Scotland’s Bathing Waters

Another good summer for Scotland’s Bathing Waters

date30 September 2014

Scotland’s 84 designated bathing waters achieved another high pass rate of 97% this year. Despite the impact of the tail end of a hurricane, this summer only two beaches (Heads of Ayr and Lunan Bay) failed for the overall 2014 season. Of the other 82, 36 were mandatory passes and 46 reached the higher guideline standard. Read more

SEPA CEO to stand down

SEPA CEO to stand down

date01 August 2014

The Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Professor James Curran, is to stand down early next year. Read more

SEPA update on Dalgety Bay - long term solution identified

Radioactive substances

date10 July 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) warmly welcomes the report published today (10 July) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) containing proposals for dealing with the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife. Read more

Stirling initiative receives prestigious planning award

Partnership working

date04 July 2014

A Stirlingshire project has been recognised for its innovative approach to local engagement and decision making with an Award for Planning Excellence from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which was officially presented on Monday 23 June. Read more

Loch Ken drop-in event for North American signal crayfish

Biodiversity

date30 June 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is holding a drop-in session on Saturday 5 July, 2014 at the Cross Keys Hotel in New Galloway, to answer questions regarding the issue of North American signal crayfish in Loch Ken. Read more

SEPA recognised with first multi-site Cycle Friendly Employer Award

SEPA recognised with first multi-site Cycle Friendly Employer Award

date26 June 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was officially named as Cycling Scotland’s first, multi-site, Cycle Friendly Employer this week, in recognition of the efforts made to support and encourage staff from across the organisation to cycle more. Read more

Scotland’s bathing water season starts

Bathing Waters

date02 June 2014

Collieston in Aberdeenshire became Scotland’s 84th designated bathing water yesterday (1 June) as the country’s official bathing water season began. Read more

SEPA funded barrier removal improves fish migration

Water

date23 May 2014

As part of World Fish Migration Day 2014, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is highlighting the importance of work to remove historic barriers from rivers and lochs which impact on Scotland’s migrating fish populations. Read more

Month long survey to map Scotland’s marine environment

Month long survey to map Scotland’s marine environment

date19 May 2014

Marine ecologists and oceanography experts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have today (19 May) embarked on a four week survey as part of ongoing work to improve scientific understanding of Scotland’s natural marine environment. Read more

"Check, Clean, Dry" Campaign to combat spread of Invasive Non-Native Species

Biodiversity

date15 April 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) alongside partner organisations are encouraging recreational water users in Dumfries and Galloway to thoroughly check, clean and dry any equipment as part of a campaign to ensure that invasive non-native species are not easily spread across Scotland's rivers and lochs. Read more

Explore your inner citizen scientist

Scotland’s Environment Website

date07 April 2014

Science Needs You! will show budding scientists aged 14 and over how to get involved in real research, without having to set foot in a lab. Read more

Scottish and Southern Energy's application review

Water

date02 April 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is well advanced in determining Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) application to modify flows within areas of the Tay and Spey catchments in order to improve the quality of some rivers as required by the European Water Framework Directive. Read more

Compliance with new waste regulations "encouraging"

Waste

date06 March 2014

A series of unannounced inspections by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has found that current levels of compliance with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations are encouragingly high amongst urban businesses. Read more

Clarification of the rules on river management in Scotland

Clarification of the rules on river management in Scotland

date26 February 2014

Constructive talks were held when NFUS President, Nigel Miller, met with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) Chairman, David Sigsworth, and representatives of the Scottish Government on a recent visit to Dumfries and Galloway. Read more

Great prizes on offer for young people's ideas

Scotland’s Environment Website

date18 February 2014

What do you really care about in your local environment? That's the question being posed on the Scotland's Environment Website, in a competition which gives young Scots a chance to air their views. Read more

Floodline number changes

Flooding

date04 February 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) delivers flood warnings in Scotland through Floodline, which operates in England, Scotland and Wales. Read more

Illegal dumping of oil drums – Appeal for information

Enforcement and operations

date03 February 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the illegal dumping of oil drums between the A9 and Tibbermore on the outskirts of Perth last week. Read more

Welcome progress at Dalgety Bay

Radioactive substances

date22 January 2014

Today, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the Outline Management Options report, prepared by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The report details a range of potential options to address the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay. Read more

SEPA targets flooding with new 'milestone' maps

Flooding

date15 January 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (Wednesday 15 January) published the most comprehensive national source of data on flood hazard and risk for Scotland. Read more

SEPA welcomes new Board members

Board

date07 January 2014

Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has today (7 January) announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Read more