Media Releases

Lanarkshire businessman given community pay back order for unlicensed waste carrying offences


date09 December 2015

Lanarkshire businessman Carlo Rea, has been sentenced to 180 hours community pay back today (09 December), after pleading guilty to dumping waste illegally while acting as an unlicensed waste carrier between March and July 2011. The sentence, which was handed down at Airdrie Sheriff Court, is to be completed within 12 months and was given as a direct alternative to a custodial sentence. Read more

SEPA calls on public to be aware of flood risk this weekend


date04 December 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on the public to be aware that heavy persistent rainfall during today (4 December) and Saturday may result in widespread flooding in parts of Scotland this weekend. Read more

Final reminder for 2015 water abstraction data returns


date01 December 2015

Licence holders who have abstracted water for irrigating crops and fields during 2015, are being reminded that data returns should be submitted to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) before 31 December 2015. Read more

SEPA launches new interactive flood reporting tool


date10 November 2015

As some of Scotland sees localised flooding, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (10 November 2015) launched a new interactive flood reporting tool in order to help communities across Scotland be flood-prepared. Read more

Local air quality matters: workshop opportunity


date03 November 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living, is hosting a public workshop to help develop a new online air quality tool for local communities. Read more

2014 Compliance Assessment Scheme results published

Environmental data

date20 October 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (20 October) published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2014, which show that 88% of operators assessed have achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant. Read more

Lothian man sentenced to community payback order for illegal waste activity


date15 October 2015

A former waste site operator in Loanhead was sentenced to a community payback order of 180 hours at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (14 October) after a site investigation by Scotland’s environment watchdog found that waste was being deposited and kept there without the required permissions. Read more

Solway Firth flood warning scheme to benefit coastal communities

Solway Firth flood warning scheme to benefit coastal communities

date09 October 2015

More than 1400 homes and businesses could benefit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) new coastal flood warning scheme for the Solway Firth, which was launched today (Friday 9 October) by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr. Aileen McLeod. Read more

Alyth Flood Report


date05 October 2015

The investigation into the causes of the flooding in Alyth on 17 July 2015 has now been completed and a joint agency report of the findings has been prepared. Read more

Recruitment begins for new SEPA Chair and Board member


date31 July 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (31 July, 2015) publicised the recruitment process for candidates to replace the current Chairman and one Non-Executive member of the SEPA Board. Read more

Former waste operator fined £700 for breaching environmental licence


date10 July 2015

Former waste operator, John Burnett has been fined a total of £700 (9th July 2015) at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, after being found guilty of breaching the conditions of a Waste Management Licence (WML) which was held for a site, occupied by Dalkeith Demolition Limited, on the Mayfield Industrial Estate in Dalkeith. Read more

Fife landowner handed £15,000 confiscation order for waste offence


date08 July 2015

A Fife landowner, Ernest McPherson, has been handed a £15,000 confiscation order today (8 July, 2015) for illegally storing waste on land at Lochgelly over a five year period. The order follows on from a Restriction of Liberty Order issued to Mr McPherson in May last year which required him to be at home between 9pm and 5am. Read more

Taking the Caledonian Canal can reduce CO2 emissions by over 85%


date15 June 2015

The 24 metre Sir John Murray, Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) scientific survey vessel, will take the opportunity to travel through the historic canal today (15 June 2015) to show how taking the direct route to the North Sea can dramatically save on CO2 emissions. Read more

Reservoir registration now open

Regulations and licences

date01 April 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding all reservoir managers of the importance of early sign up as the six month free registration period officially opens today. Read more

Innovative forecasting trial could help flood risk communities


date12 March 2015

CREW, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, has today (12 March 2015) published a report, commissioned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), on the successful delivery of an innovative pilot project to improve surface water flood forecasting in urban areas. Read more

Future funding announced for Scotland’s Environment Web

Scotland’s Environment Website

date12 March 2015

Scotland’s first dedicated website for environmental data will continue to be supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and partners, once the European LIFE+ funding contribution concludes later this year. SEPA’s Chief Executive, James Curran, will make the announcement of future funding for the website ( at Understanding the state of the environment – a conference being held by the agency in Edinburgh tomorrow (13 March). Read more

Six month registration period for reservoirs opens 1 April 2015


date04 March 2015

During 2016, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will become responsible for regulating reservoir safety in Scotland. To ensure all relevant reservoir operators are fully registered with SEPA ahead of the change, a free six month registration period will open on 1 April, 2015. Read more

SEPA commences River Leven survey in Fife


date13 February 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has contracted a specialist team to survey the River Leven catchment in Fife over the coming weeks. Read more