Statements

SEPA statement - A new future for the River Garry


date16 January 2017

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been working with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board and other stakeholders for a number of years to deliver major improvements to the ecological quality of the River Garry - whilst minimising any impact on electricity generation from the Tummel Hydro Sche… Read more

Flooding outlook - 23 December


date23 December 2016

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: "Due to windy and wet conditions, there is risk of localised flooding inland and along the coast over the coming days, from today until Sunday. However the weather is not unusual for this time of year, and we do not expect to see widespread flooding. "High winds are expected to bring large wa… Read more

Flooding outlook - 22 December 2016


date22 December 2016

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: "Due to windy and wet conditions, there is risk of localised flooding inland and along the coast over the coming days, from Friday to Sunday. However the weather is not unusual for this time of year, and we do not expect to see widespread flooding. "Tomorrow (Friday) through to Sunday morning… Read more

Flood outlook - 22 November


date22 November 2016

David Faichney, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: "There is a risk of flooding in some areas of the Scottish Borders and East Lothian today (22 November). Flooding to low lying agricultural areas and roads is occurring. There may also be some isolated property flooding in the areas worst affected. “Tributaries of the River Tweed such as the… Read more

ERRATUM to the CAS 2015 results


date18 November 2016

ERRATUM TO THE CAS 2015 RESULTS  Following the publishing of 2015 Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS) results on Thursday 10 November, we have made a number of amendments and corrections. A list of these sites and there amended compliance rating for 2015 are provided below. The press release (“”) whi… Read more

North Berwick (West) bathing water


date19 August 2016

A spokesperson from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: SEPA has taken further investigatory samples at North Berwick (West) bathing water this week after a previous sample (taken on 15 August) showed a level of pollution to be present. “SEPA’s analysis of these latest samples has shown that there has been a return to mor… Read more

North Berwick (West) bathing water


date16 August 2016

A spokesperson from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: The water quality at North Berwick (West) has a good classification, however a sample taken at the bathing water on 1 August 2016 showed that pollution was present at an elevated level. “Extensive investigations and additional sampling have taken place since however … Read more

North Berwick (West) bathing water


date05 August 2016

A spokesperson from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: SEPA takes water quality samples at each designated bathing water throughout the bathing season (1 June to 15 September). “The water quality at North Berwick (West) has a good classification, however a sample taken at the bathing water on 1 August 2016 has shown poll… Read more

Update on Aberdeen Western Periphery Route silt pollution


date24 June 2016

Calum MacDonald, Executive Director of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Following extensive discussions with AWPR contractors and Transport Scotland, certain activities on the project have now been authorised to restart work. These include areas which are likely to have no impact on the local environment and on works wh… Read more

Investigation of Aberdeen Western Periphery Route following significant silt pollution


date16 June 2016

Calum MacDonald, Executive Director of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: SEPA officers have been investigating multiple reports of significant silt pollution in watercourses surrounding the Aberdeen Western Periphery Route (AWPR), following heavy downpours last night. The pollution appears to have resulted from runoff wa… Read more

Discharge of sewage effluent to the River Clyde in the Tradeston area - UPDATED STATEMENT


date15 June 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been advised by Scottish Water that work to resolve an operational issue within the foul sewer network, which had resulted in the discharge of sewage effluent to the River Clyde in the Tradeston area, has now been completed. Should the public have concerns about any discharges to the River Cl… Read more

Flood Outlook - 16:45


date15 June 2016

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager said: A flood alert is currently in force for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. “The River Deveron, the middle reaches of the River Don and the lower reaches of the River Dee are rising due to heavy rainfall. This means that some localised flooding of low lying land and roads is possible from this af… Read more

Reports of a burning type odour in the Leith area


date10 June 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Edinburgh City Council have been receiving complaints from members of the public reporting a burning type odour in the Leith area. We understand this is causing concern in the local community and we are working with the operators of Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works in order to resolve thi… Read more

Discharge of sewage effluent to the River Clyde in the Tradeston area


date08 June 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is aware of emergency work being undertaken by Scottish Water to resolve an operational issue within the foul sewer network which is resulting in the discharge of sewage effluent to the River Clyde in the Tradeston area. SEPA will continue to monitor the environmental impact of the discharges durin… Read more

Flaring at BP Kinneil


date02 June 2016

We are aware of the flaring from BP Kinneil at Grangemouth. The flaring is due to the restarting of the plant and they are in the process of returning to normal operation. SEPA will be following up with the company on this incident. Read more

New SEPA board member appointed


date24 May 2016

Scottish Ministers have today announced the appointment of Franceska van Dijk as a new board member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). SEPA Chair, Bob Downes, said: I’m very pleased to welcome Franceska as the newest member of SEPA’s Board.  The breadth of experience and acumen which Franceska brings to the Agency as a sus… Read more

Report published on particle retrieval work at Dounreay


date17 March 2016

SEPA has today (17 March) published a report into the retrieval of offshore radioactive particles by the Dounreay nuclear facility. The report has been produced by the Particles Retrieval Advisory Group (PRAG) and developed by independent experts following an extensive research and monitoring programme in 2012. The group was Chaired by Professor… Read more

New SEPA Deputy Chair appointed


date10 March 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) welcomes the Scottish Government’s formal confirmation that Professor Lesley Sawers has been appointed as SEPA’s new Deputy Chair. Lesley has been a SEPA Board member since 1 January 2012. SEPA Chair, Bob Downes, said: “I am delighted Lesley has been appointed SEPA Deputy Chair. She has been … Read more

New charging scheme will drive improvements in environmental performance


date03 March 2016

A new charging scheme designed to improve the environmental performance of all regulated sectors of business and industry in Scotland has been announced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The new scheme will come into force on 1 April 2016. Details of how the will affect fee payers are being issued, by letter, to … Read more

Flood outlook - 16 February


date16 February 2016

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: There is a risk of river and surface water flooding in south west Scotland from Tuesday evening into Wednesday due to a period of heavy rain and snowmelt. “River levels are expected to remain high into Wednesday and this may result in flood impacts affecting communities in Dumfries and Gallow… Read more

Flood outlook - 2 February


date02 February 2016

Nigel Goody, Hydrology Duty Manager for SEPA, said: Parts of the Highlands continue to receive heavy rainfall which isn’t expected to clear eastwards until later this afternoon. The severe gales experienced overnight are now gradually easing, however gale force winds will continue across western parts until evening. Some prolonged showers are … Read more

Flood outlook - 1 February


date01 February 2016

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: The Severe weather with high winds and wintry showers will affect most of Scotland today. Long spells of heavy rain will develop in the West and NorthwestHighlands this evening and last until Tuesday afternoon. With snow melt and heavy rainfall at times, there is a potential flood risk curren… Read more

Flood outlook - 31 January


date31 January 2016

Pascal Lardet, from SEPA's Flood Unit, said: The Met Office has forecast that rain will push in from the southwest tonight and will be heaviest in northwest Scotland. The weather remains unsettled for the week ahead, with a risk of flooding affecting most parts of Scotland from Monday. "On Monday, due to a combination of rainfall and snowmel… Read more

Flood outlook - 29 January


date29 January 2016

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:  There is a risk of surface water, river and coastal flooding across many parts of Scotland today. Overnight, we have seen cumulative rainfall of 20mm or more (up to 70 mm in West Highland). The heavy rainfall is clearing around midday. “Storm force winds, along with a large surge, will lea… Read more

Flood outlook - 28 January


date28 January 2016

Pascal Lardet, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Flood Unit, said: Heavy and persistent rainfall is forecast by the Met Office to affect most of Scotland from late evening today and into Friday morning, with severe gales also developing by Friday morning. “We expect some river and surface water flooding across many areas from… Read more

Flood outlook - 27 January


date27 January 2016

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: High river levels in the Scottish Borders  - particularly the Teviot and Jed Waters - are currently causing flooding problems, with Hawick and Jedburgh being severely impacted. "This has resulted in SEPA issuing a Severe Flood Warning for both these a… Read more

Flood outlook - 26 January


date26 January 2016

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Head of Hydrology, said: As a result of persistent rainfall this morning, localised flooding of low lying areas and disruption to travel may occur today across the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Skye and Lochaber, Argyll and Bute, Central, Tayside, Angus and southern Aberdeenshire. “A combination of surge and … Read more

Flood outlook - 25 January


date25 January 2016

Pascal Lardet, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Flood Unit, said: Following Met Office forecasts of heavy rain and wind spreading across Scotland from the west today (Monday 25 Jan), SEPA is predicting potential coastal flooding impacts later on Monday into Tuesday, primarily in the south and south west. "Later on Monday and… Read more

New SEPA Chair appointed


date15 January 2016

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) welcomes the Scottish Government’s formal confirmation that Bob Downes has been appointed as SEPA’s new Chair. His four year appointment began on 1 January 2016, following the retirement of Chairman David Sigsworth on 31 December 2015 after two terms in office. Bob Downes has been a SEPA Board me… Read more

Flood outlook - 10 January


date10 January 2016

“Outbreaks of rain and hill snow will affect the north and western areas on Sunday, with a band of more persistent rain through the Central Lowlands for a time. At present, the rest of the week is forecast tobe generally cold and showery, with the showers most frequent in the west, with snow down… Read more

Flood outlook - 9 January


date09 January 2016

Nigel Goody, Hydrology Duty Manager for SEPA, said: A mainly dry start expected for today, before a band of rain and hill snow spreads from the south this afternoon. This initial band of rainfall will clear to the North of Scotland and bring scattered widespread showers of around 15mm. Another area of heavier rain will spread north later in th… Read more

Flood outlook - 8 January 10:50am


date08 January 2016

Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: “Persistent rainfall yesterday has affected much of North East Scotland from Fife to Moray –in particular areas of Tayside, Angus and Aberdeenshire. This has resulted in widespread rainfall totals of around 50mm and up to 70mm on higher ground. As these totals have fallen on areas which are heavi… Read more

Flood outlook - 7 January


date07 January 2016

Nigel Goody, Hydrology Duty Manager, said:  “Heavy rainfall and hill snow will affect much of Scotland on Thursday, especially over eastern Tayside, Angus and Aberdeenshire. While the rain will become more showery  across the southwest, it will persist in north eastern areas where very high totals of up to 80mm are expected during the next 24 ho… Read more

Flooding outlook - 7 January 18.30


date07 January 2016

Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: “The saturated conditions across Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Angus have caused significant flooding during Thursday, which will continue overnight into Friday. Prolonged heavy rain throughout today has caused river levels to rise again, with peak times expected to be late tonight and early Friday … Read more

Flood outlook - 6 January


date06 January 2016

David Faichney, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said:  A brief period of relative calm is forecast for today with only occasional rainfall over parts of eastern Scotland and some snow on higher ground in Tayside, Angus and Grampian. This respite however is due to be short lived, as a more persistent band of rain arrives overnight tonight, movin… Read more

Perth flood update - 5 January


date05 January 2016

Pascal Lardet, Hydrology Duty Manager for SEPA said: Yesterday (4 January) the Perth flood prevention scheme was activated following the forecast of very high flows in the River Tay. At about 5pm, SEPA received reports that there had been some overtopping of the River Tay onto paths on the embankment adjacent to North Muirton into a reservoir … Read more

Flood outlook - 5 January


date05 January 2016

David Faichney, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: Rain will continue over eastern Scotland during the rest of Tuesday, turning increasingly to snow on hills above 500 metres in parts of Tayside and Angus. Current forecasts indicate slightly drier conditions on Wednesday prior to a heavier and more persistent band of  rain, spreading north-e… Read more

Flood outlook - 4 January


date04 January 2016

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager said: Due to the persistent rainfall since Friday, river levels have been rising over the weekend, particularly across Tayside, Angus and southern Aberdeenshire. Some rivers have already peaked, most will peak over the course of Monday, but all will stay high throughout Monday and Tuesday.  … Read more

Perth flood update - 4 January


date04 January 2016

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager for SEPA, said: Recent heavy rain has led to prolonged high river levels in the lower Tay, including where the watercourse passes through Perth. Although water levels in tributaries upstream are falling, the Tay at Perth is due to peak from 11pm this evening, and river levels will remain high until la… Read more

Flooding outlook - 3 January


date03 January 2016

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager said: “Persistent rain has been predominantly affecting the north-east of the country since Friday night. Rivers have been rising since Saturday and flood warnings have been issued.   It’s important to note that the rain is less intense but more prolonged than during storm Frank. This means that rivers … Read more

Flooding outlook - 1 January


date01 January 2016

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager said: “Storm Frank saw exceptional flooding across large parts of Scotland. Some communities are still… Read more

Flooding statement - 31 December


date31 December 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: Wednesday 30th December saw an exceptional flood event in Scotland, both in terms of its intensity and its spread across the country. The damage was done by a particularly intense period of rain from late evening on 29th December to mid-morning on 30th December. "Over 100mm of rain fel… Read more

Flooding statement - 30 December


date30 December 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: “Heavy rain has fallen overnight as forecast. Some areas saw 100 mm in 12 hours, which is an exceptional amount of rainfall, especially over already saturated ground “The main areas of concern in terms of flood impacts are Dumfries and Galloway, Western Borders Tayside and Grampian and s… Read more

Flooding outlook - 29 December


date29 December 2015

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager at SEPA said: During Tuesday evening heavy rainfall will come in from the west and remain overnight. “River flooding is likely to cause disruption particularly in Dumfries and Galloway, but also in western parts of the Scottish Borders, and across large areas of western and central Scotland, including Tays… Read more

Flooding outlook 28 December


date28 December 2015

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager at SEPA said: “Today should be mainly dry with rain tonight spreading into Western areas of Scotland. There will be high winds today and, combined with high tides around midday, some isolated instances of spray and wave overtopping may lead to minor flooding of coastal roads around the Solway Firth. Our main… Read more

Flood outlook - 26 December


date26 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: As another band of rain slowly moves northwards throughout today, river levels are still responding to the heaviest downpours overnight, particularly in the Scottish Borders. While the heavy rain has the potential to cause significant flooding in parts of Scottish Borders, the likelihood of thi… Read more

Flood outlook - 23 December


date23 December 2015

David Faichney, Duty Hydrology Manager from SEPA, said: “The unsettled wet weather is set to continue over the Christmas period as further bands of rain are forecast to affect parts of South West and Central Scotland. At present, localised flooding is expected across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders overnight into Christmas Eve a… Read more

Flood Outlook - 21 December


date21 December 2015

David Faichney, Hydrology Duty Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: December’s unsettled weather continues. The rain earlier today has caused some rivers to respond already and with further heavy rain forecast for southern and western areas of Scotland overnight, river levels are set to continue to rise in some… Read more

Flood outlook - 18 December


date18 December 2015

David Faichney, Hydrology Duty Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: From around midday today, western areas of Scotland are due to experience further heavy rainfall, especially in Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, South Ayrshire and western parts of the Scottish Borders. The rainfall is expected to fall t… Read more

Response to The Herald regarding Unconventional Gas


date14 December 2015

Following the publication of an article in The Herald on Saturday, 12 December, entitled “Watchdog accused of a lack of impartiality over fracking”, we thought it might be helpful to publish the full response which was provided to the journalist, as a limited amount was included in the content. Energy is a reserved matter, therefore The Departme… Read more

Flood outlook - 11 December - 12pm


date11 December 2015

Pascal Lardet, SEPA's Hydrology Duty Manager, said: The improving situation is expected to continue over the coming days and we have now removed all our Flood Alerts and Warnings. “Spells of rain, sleet and snow will continue across Scotland during Friday before becoming drier in the evening. River levels remain high in areas of Central and … Read more

Flood outlook - 10 December


date10 December 2015

Pascal Lardet, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: Frequent showers will affect most areas of Scotland during today and Friday, but overall we are expecting an improving situation. “River levels currently remain high in Central, Tayside, and on parts of the Spey and around the Great Glen, but with no further significant rainfall forecast, r… Read more

Flood outlook - 9 December


date09 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: Outbreaks of rain, accompanied by gale force winds, are expected across the country today with the heaviest and most persistent rain likely to fall across central Scotland and the western Highlands. “Flooding impacts may affect communities and cause disruption to travel and infrastructure in … Read more

Flood outlook - 8 December


date08 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: Overnight rainfall has further saturated catchments but, in general, river levels will continue to fall through the rest of today.… Read more

Flooding outlook - 7 December


date07 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: Many areas of Scotland are still feeling the impacts of flooding from the weekend. “During late afternoon today, a band of heavy rain is expected to spread across Scotland from the west. There is a potential risk of flooding in the Southern Uplands and Southern Highlands, where the forecast r… Read more

Flooding outlook - 6 December


date06 December 2015

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager at SEPA said:  “This has been a particularly severe event with multiple parts of Scotland feeling the impacts of flooding.  The outlook is improving, rivers have peaked and will be falling back throughout the rest of  today, giving us some respite.  However, the impact of flooding with be with us for a while y… Read more

Flooding outlook - 5 December


date05 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: "Last night we saw heavy rainfall affect many central, southern and western parts of Scotland. Unfortunately the heavy and persistent rain will continue to affect much of Scotland during Saturday. Across Scotland we have seen rivers have risen significantly overnight and they will continue to r… Read more

Flooding outlook - 5 December (4:45pm)


date05 December 2015

Marc Becker SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager said: “Across Scotland rivers have risen significantly through Saturday and will remain very high throughout Sunday. This is causing widespread agricultural flooding but is now also widely impacting on transport and communities. We are particularly concerned that the flooding situation will deteriorate… Read more

Flooding outlook - 4 December - 2pm


date04 December 2015

Marc Becker, SEPA’s Hydrology Duty Manager, said: “Widespread flooding in parts of Scotland could affect some communities, and travel disruption is likely across many areas of Scotland over the coming days. “During Friday persistent and heavy rainfall will move southeast across Scotland with gale force south-westerly winds. Rainfall will be he… Read more

Flooding outlook - 29 November


date29 November 2015

Richard Brown, Hydrology Duty Manager said: "Today sees a similar picture to yesterday. High tides on the Scottish Coast coupled with strong winds could bring some impacts in low lying coastal areas. "High tides in Orkney will be around 1115, and 2345 tonight, in Shetland around 1300 and in Portpatrick around 1330.  These could bring some loca… Read more

Flooding outlook 28 November


date28 November 2015

Here's today's statement on the latest picture. Richard Brown, Hydrology Duty Manager at SEPA said:  "High tides on the Scottish Coast coinciding with high winds means our focus is on the Northern Isles and the Solway Firth where this may cause some impacts in low lying areas. "These could include flooding to low lying land and roads around … Read more

Flooding outlook - 27 November


date27 November 2015

There are strong winds, heavy rain and high tides affecting parts of Scotland today and over the rest of the weekend. Richard Brown, Hydrology Duty Manager said:  "Winds are picking up throughout today and coinciding with some high astronomical tides along parts of the coast.  We’re paying particularly close attention to the coast around the N… Read more

Radioactive source found in Dalgety Bay mussel beds


date18 November 2015

Joint statement from Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Food Standards Scotland Routine monitoring of the Dalgety Bay area, carried out as part of the joint Food Standards Scotland (FSS)/Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) radioactivity monitoring programme, has detected a radioactive source   in the mussel beds which sit off… Read more

Flooding update - 16 November


date16 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said:  Following the extreme weather and high rainfall totals we’ve experienced over the weekend, it will be a generally improving picture over the next few days. River levels are generally falling, however larger rivers such as the river Tay and the River Teith at Callander will stay high throughout … Read more

Flooding update - 15 November


date15 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said: Last night we saw heavy rainfall pretty much as we expected, so far we’ve seen 40-50mm over parts of Dumfries and Galloway, and around 30mm further north over Ayrshire and into the Glasgow area. The prolonged period of persistent rain is still causing some flooding problems across South and Ce… Read more

Flooding update - 14 November


date14 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said: A weather system will reach the UK this afternoon from the west bringing very wet conditions through until Sunday evening. This will cause significant flooding in parts of NW England and SW Scotland. Very persistent rain through Saturday till later on Sunday across the southern part of Scotlan… Read more

Flooding update - 13 November


date13 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said: Now that storm Abigail has passed to the North of Scotland the winds are dying down in all but the very North and the Northern Isles.  “Following last night’s storm surge along the south-west and western coastline, stormier conditions are expected to be largely confined to the north west, with… Read more

Flooding update - 12 November


date12 November 2015

David Faichney, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said: Storm Abigail, the first storm named as part of the , will bring severe south-westerly gales to Scotland from Thursday evening into Friday morning. “The weather system will create a storm surge that is due to coincide with high tide on Thursday evening int… Read more

Flooding update 11 November 2015


date11 November 2015

Nigel Goody, SEPA’s Duty Flood Manager, said: “Storm Abigail, the first storm named as part of the , will bring severe gales to Scotland from tomorrow evening into Friday. As a result we are paying close attention to the modelled forecast runs for exposed areas of the West coast. The storm surge that these… Read more

Flooding outlook - 13/08/15


date13 August 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: “There is potential for localised flooding across the east of Scotland, and in Shetland, from the early hours of Friday morning due to very heavy rainfall. “Rain, which will be very heavy at times, is expected to move into the east of Scotland from the south overnight which may result … Read more

Flooding outlook statement - 18/07/15


date18 July 2015

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: "The heavy persistent rain experienced overnight is expected to clear throughout today with scattered showers across Scotland. More rain is forecast to arrive overnight into Sunday, with potentially heavy downpours in places, before generally drier c… Read more

Flooding outlook - 17/07/15


date17 July 2015

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: "The current band of heavy rain is expected to clear across Aberdeenshire and north eastern areas during this afternoon, with the potential for continued surface water flooding due to high rainfall totals overnight and this morning. “Areas of Centr… Read more

Flood outlook statement - 16 July


date16 July 2015

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “Overnight into Friday morning, a band of heavy rain is expected to cross the country and may cause flooding issues across areas of Central Scotland, Tayside, Dundee and Angus, with a particular emphasis on urban areas, smaller watercourses and surface… Read more

Bathing waters - statement regarding predicted classifications


date08 June 2015

Calum McPhail, SEPA Unit Manager in Environmental Quality, said: Under the new directive, our estimates show over 75% of Scotland’s existing bathing waters would already meet the ‘excellent’, ‘good’ or ‘sufficient’ classifications. We expect further improvement this year, but some bathing waters are still unlikely to reach the ‘sufficient’ cla… Read more

SEPA statement regarding Tullis Russell and RWE


date12 May 2015

SEPA has received a number of queries regarding how Tullis Russell and RWE are regulated now and in the future. Tullis Russell and RWE hold separate Pollution Prevention and Control permits, and associated licences, for their operations and will still need to meet the licence requirements. Any complaints for either site will be dealt with agains… Read more

SEPA pays tribute to former Regional Board member Dick Balharry


date27 April 2015

Many SEPA staff are mourning the sad loss of Dick Balharry, renowned Scots conservationist and former member of SEPA’s North Regional Board. Dick served as a Board Member from June 2000 until the Regional Boards were disbanded in June 2009. Dick was hugely influential in developing SEPA’s thinking on protecting fragile but important habitats, pa… Read more

Flooding outlook - 8 March


date08 March 2015

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:River Ness will continue to rise today as yesterday’s rain and snowmelt water works down the catchments. This may cause flooding to riverside properties in the Inverness a… Read more

Flooding outlook - 7 March


date07 March 2015

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said:"Water levels in the North West of Scotland have risen overnight due to heavy rainfall and snowmelt, particularly in Skye, Lochaber, the Great Glen and the rivers Ness, Beauly, Conon, Shin and Spey. These are expected to continue to rise as the rain and milder temperatures persist through Sat… Read more

Flooding outlook - 6 March


date06 March 2015

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: "Forecast heavy rainfall and very mild temperatures tonight and tomorrow will cause watercourses to rise in the North and West, particularly in Skye, Glencoe, Lochaber and the Great Glen.  Although such conditions are not unprecedented in this area, it is likely that flooding could affect low l… Read more

Flooding outlook - 24 February


date24 February 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Flooding Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Rain is expected to spread across the country from the west during Wednesday and milder conditions will lead to a thaw of recent snowfall. Localised flooding of low-lying land and roads is possible during Wednesday and Thursday across the nort… Read more

Flooding outlook - 23 February


date23 February 2015

Nigel Goody, Duty Flooding Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Scotland has experienced some unusually high spring tides over the past few days. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun. These have had the effect of raising normal sp… Read more

Flooding outlook - 22 February


date22 February 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Scotland has experienced some unusually high spring tides over the past few days. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun. These have had the effect of raising n… Read more

Flooding outlook - 21 February


date21 February 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Scotland has experienced some unusually high spring tides over the past few days and these will continue into Sunday. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun. Th… Read more

Flooding outlook - 20 February


date20 February 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Some unusually high spring tides will occur over the next few days. This is part of a natural cycle which occurs every 19 years due to the astronomical alignment of the Earth, moon and sun. This will have the effect of raising normal spring t… Read more

Flooding outlook - 19 February


date19 February 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Unsettled conditions are expected over the next few days, with a risk of flooding in localised areas along the east coast. There is a risk of localised flooding to low lying coastal communities during today and Friday in Caithness and Sutherl… Read more

Flooding update - 15 January


date15 January 2015

David Faichney, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: "SEPA flood experts continue to keep a close eye on rivers in Easter Ross, Tayside and Dumfries and Galloway where we have seen high levels over the last twelve hours.  The heaviest rain this afternoon will be over the Argyll, western Tayside and… Read more

Flooding update - 14 January at 11:30


date14 January 2015

David Faichney, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “A band of heavy rain, preceded by some more snow, is expected to extend across Scotland on Wednesday evening and into Thursday. This will be accompanied by strong winds and we will see a complete thaw of the lying snow at lower levels. This may re… Read more

Flooding update - 13 January at 1400


date13 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “After a brief period of lower temperatures, milder and wetter weather is forecast for tomorrow evening which will bring in rain and see thawing in some areas.  Rivers are still high after the weather this weekend, and we expect them to rise f… Read more

Flooding update - 13 January at 1700


date13 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “We will be keeping a close eye on the Firth of Clyde through the coming days. A large storm surge is expected to coincide with the high tide in the Firth at around 7am on Thursday morning.  This could cause some minor flooding in low lying ar… Read more

Flooding update - 12 January


date12 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Duty Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “The heaviest rain has now passed, and in the affected areas the forecast is for rain to turn to snow throughout today. The smaller burns and rivers will have peaked by now. "We continue to keep a close eye on the River Spey at Aviemore and … Read more

Flooding update - 11 January


date11 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:"Flooding is likely across the country Sunday night into Monday morning due to a combination of rainfall and snowmelt. This will cause some travel disruption in known trouble spots on Monday morning and we encourage people to follow the advic… Read more

Flooding update - 10 January


date10 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA's Duty Hydrology Manager, said: "The risk of coastal flooding will reduce today, though there is still the chance of isolated impacts from wave overtopping. Rivers are peaking and levels will start to fall. There may still be some flooding of low-lying agricultural land and roads, and we have a number of alerts and warni… Read more

Flooding update - 9 January


date09 January 2015

Vincent Fitzsimmons, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection  Agency (SEPA), said: “The main focus over the next few days is the very high winds which may cause some spray overtopping around Western, Northern, Moray and Aberdeenshire coasts. Flood alerts are out for these areas, but we do not expect widespread flooding. … Read more

Flooding statement - 22/12/14


date22 December 2014

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: A band of rain with some heavier bursts is expected to persist across southwest Scotland throughout Monday and overnight, with the potential for further localised flooding and surface water issues, particularly across Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway … Read more

Flooding statement - 21/12/14


date21 December 2014

Pascal Lardet from SEPA’s Flood Unit, said: Heavy and persistent rain is expected across western Scotland throughout Sunday, which accompanied by strong southwesterlywinds and snow melt, has the potential to cause localised flooding and surface water issues over the next two days. “On Sunday specifically, heavy rainfall is likely to cause mi… Read more

Coastal flooding statement - 11/12/14


date11 December 2014

Marc Becker, Hydrology Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Following on from Wednesday’s turbulent weather, the severity of both wind and waves are due to lessen throughout Thursday, although strong winds in the Atlantic will continue to produce large waves along the north and west coast of Scotland, including … Read more

Coastal flooding statement - 10/12/14


date10 December 2014

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge in the Atlantic “The greatest risk of coastal flooding is expected today (Wednesday 10 December), esp… Read more

Update regarding the Fire at Dounreay on 7 October


date10 December 2014

On Tuesday 7 October, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) notified SEPA about a small fire that had occurred in the sodium tank farm at the Prototype Fast Reactor facility and was subsequently extinguished by the on-site fire brigade. Sodium, which is tritium contaminated, is being removed as part of site decommissioning. SEPA has investiga… Read more

Coastal flood statement - 08/12/14


date08 December 2014

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “A combination of exceptionally strong winds and tidal surge in the Atlantic is expected to produce unusually high tides and large waves along the west coast of Scotland over the next few days. While the coastal flood risk for today (Monday 8 December) … Read more

Flood outlook statement - 14/11/14 - 13.20pm


date14 November 2014

Marc Becker, Duty Hydrology Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “Spells of very wet weather will affect Scotland today and over the weekend. Given the recent rainfall, it is likely that catchments will respond rapidly to further rainfall.   “A band of rain will spread northeast across most areas of Scotland on … Read more

Oran Environmental Solutions Limited - Sentencing decision


date12 November 2014

A spokesperson from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: SEPA has noted that Oran Environmental Solutions Limited has been admonished at Falkirk Sheriff Court today following being found guilty of two charges on 18 August, 2014, of breaching licence conditions at the former Carron Works waste transfer station in Falkirk. Se… Read more

Flood outlook statement - 11/11/14


date11 November 2014

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “There is a potential risk of flooding across north east Scotland over the next five days due to forecast of bands of heavy rainfall tomorrow (Wednesday), Friday and Saturday. From around 3am on Wednesday (12 November) rain is expected across south an… Read more

Flood outlook statement - 07/11/14 - 12.30pm


date07 November 2014

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: While the heaviest rainfall has now passed for most of the country, river levels are continuing to rise across areas of Dumfries and Galloway, Tayside and Dundee and Angus, with the potential for localised flooding throughout today, before subsiding… Read more

Flood outlook statement - 06/11/14 - 12pm


date06 November 2014

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Heavy downpours across south west and central areas of Scotland today are expected to cause river levels to rise with the potential for localised flooding and surface water issues on road networks and urban areas. The area’s most likely to be affect… Read more

Flooding statement - 27 October 12.20


date27 October 2014

Richard Brown, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: “Heavy and persistent rainfall across the northwest of Scotland has caused river levels to rise. Further rainfall is expected to continue throughout Monday and intensify this evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning. “Flooding, due to rising river levels, is possible across Lochabe… Read more

Statement re MoD's ecology and wildlife survey work


date15 October 2014

Calum MacDonald, Executive Director at SEPA said:  “We welcome this latest step in the MoD’s strategy for dealing with the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay beach.  The MoD has reiterated its commitment to see this plan of work through, which will allow an end to the restrictions currently in place at the beach.”   Read more

Statement re Quarterly Performance Report


date14 October 2014

Following the recent release of our , an article has been published on the SEPAView website which aims to clarify the complex work being carried out to improve and protect Scotland’s water environment under River Basin Management Planning - … Read more

Small fire at Dounreay 7 October 2014


date07 October 2014

SEPA has been notified about a small fire at Dounreay which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday 7 October. Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, which operates the site, has advised that a small fire occurred in the sodium tank farm at the Prototype Fast Reactor facility and that this was subsequently extinguished by the on-site fire brigade. … Read more

Chapelcross: B141 Gaseous Tritium Release


date29 September 2014

SEPA is aware that the Chapelcross site has recently been investigating an increase in the gaseous tritium discharges from an authorised outlet on the site.  We have made a number of visits to the site to discuss the issue and its ongoing investigation.  The increase has since resulted in the site reporting to SEPA that a sub-limit for gaseous … Read more

Statement re Blochairn Road fly complaints


date27 August 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has recently received a number of calls from residents around the Blochairn Road area of Glasgow, in relation to a large volume of flies. SEPA officers and representatives from Glasgow City Council’s Environmental Health department have carried out an investigation of SEPA regulated sites in the lo… Read more

Pre-Referendum period


date22 August 2014

The Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 restricts the material that can be published online by the Scottish Government and other public bodies for 28 days before the independence referendum on September 18. The restrictions, in force from August 22, cover a range of communications including speeches and social media channels. Read more

Update on Dounreay sampling


date15 August 2014

On Thursday 10 July, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) notified SEPA of the detection of a small quantity of radioactivity in a sample of sludge taken from a manhole within a foul drain system, outwith and upstream of the Dounreay site. Following the initial notification DSRL has been undertaking subsequent analysis work to help determin… Read more

Flooding statement - 8 August 12.35


date11 August 2014

Heavy and persistent rainfall has resulted in a number of surface water flood problems, including property flooding and transport issues, across the North East of Scotland. Marc Becker, SEPA’s Duty Hydrology Manager, said: “We are now seeing the larger rivers respond and further flooding impacts are anticipated in Huntly, Elgin and communities… Read more

Flood outlook statement - (15:00)


date10 August 2014

Wet and windy weather is expected over many parts of Scotland today (Sunday 10 August) and into tomorrow which has the potential to result in some localised flooding especially across the east and north of the country. We would advise the public to take care during commuting time tomorrow morning (Monday 11 August) in North-east Scotland in par… Read more

Statement re Dounreay sampling


date24 July 2014

On Thursday 10 July, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) notified SEPA of the detection of a small quantity of radioactivity in a sample of sludge. The sample was taken from a manhole within a foul drain system, outwith and upstream of the Dounreay site. Following the initial notification DSRL has been undertaking subsequent analysis work … Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues - update


date09 July 2014

SEPA is receiving a large number of complaints regarding offensive odour mainly in the Bishopton and Erskine areas but also from communities on either side of the River Clyde right up into the centre of Glasgow. This was the case during yesterday and overnight. The source of this odour is possibly linked to the spreading of sewage sludge at Dru… Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update


date08 July 2014

SEPA is receiving a large number of complaints regarding offensive odour mainly in the Bishopton and Erskine areas. Due to the changeable wind conditions at this time the source of this odour, in either Bishopton or Erskine, is likely to be the spreading of sewage sludge at Drumcross Farm, Erskine. This waste has been the source of a large number … Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update


date01 July 2014

SEPA is continuing to receive a small number of complaints regarding the sludge storage at Drumcross Farm, Erskine. SEPA officers attended the area again on Monday 30 June to continue our investigations but failed to substantiate any offensive odour on that occasion. On Friday 27 June SEPA served an Enforcement Notice under Section 59 of the En… Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update


date30 June 2014

SEPA is continuing to receive a small number of complaints regarding the sludge storage at Drumcross Farm, Erskine. SEPA officers attended the area again over the weekend to continue our investigations but failed to substantiate an odour on that occasion. On Friday 27 June we served an Enforcement Notice on the exempt activity operator, James M… Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update 26.06.14


date26 June 2014

Following a site meeting with the local authority, landowner and operator, SEPA is continuing to liaise with the operator, James McCaig Farms, to identify alternative means of mitigating offensive sludge odour which we acknowledge is continuing to give rise to significant public complaints in the area surrounding Drumcross Farm, Erskine. The op… Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update 24.06.14


date24 June 2014

Following a site meeting this morning with the local authority, landowner and operator, SEPA is continuing to liaise with the operator, James McCaig Farms, to identify alternative means of mitigating offensive sludge odour which we acknowledge iscontinuing to give rise to significant public complaints in the area surrounding Drumcross Farm, Erskin… Read more

SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine


date20 June 2014

SEPA is aware of complaints from members the public regarding offensive odours in the Erskine area and has identified the source of the odours as originating from a sewage sludge storage activity at Drumcross Farm. SEPA officers have attended the site to carry out investigations and we are in contact with all relevant parties to address this is… Read more

SEPA at the Dart Energy Inquiry


date01 April 2014

As Scotland's environmental regulator, SEPA fielded a number of experts to provide information to the Scottish Government Reporters who are conducting the ongoing planning inquiry into the Dart Energy proposals for coal bed methane extraction near Airth. SEPA had no objection to the planning applications and has attended the inquiry at the reque… Read more

Statement regarding a small on-site fire at Dounreay


date13 March 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was informed by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) yesterday (12 March) that there had been a small on-site fire, involving low-level waste, within the Equipment Maintenance and Decontamination Facility. It had been extinguished by the site fire brigade. SEPA was informed as it is a condit… Read more

SEPA statement regarding Vulcan Naval Reactor


date06 March 2014

SEPA has monitored for radioactive discharges at the Vulcan Naval Reactor since 1996 in order to assess the impact on the local environment. To date, SEPA is satisfied that discharges from the reactor have remained well below the authorised limit allowed under an agreement between the Ministry of Defence and SEPA. That limit is set at less than on… Read more

Flooding situation - 16:30


date31 January 2014

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding people to check the potential flooding situation in their area, as Scotland experiences more wet and windy weather today and over the weekend. A number of flood alerts and warnings have been issued, with more possible over the next few days. A real time list of all flooding messages… Read more

Flooding update at 1615


date19 January 2014

Heavy rain over the last 36 hours has caused rivers to rise throughout the north east of Scotland.  There are currently four Flood Alerts and 11 Flood Warnings in force, covering Tayside and Angus. We are concerned about river levels in Brechin, Angus, and would advise people to keep up to date by checking our The hea… Read more

Flood outlook (17:00)


date06 January 2014

Heavy showers will continue to cross the country during the rest of Monday (6 January) with the South and West of Scotland receiving the brunt of these. There is a risk of coastal flooding in the Firth of Clyde, and for areas around the Solway Firth, during Monday afternoon as a result of a tidal surge coinciding with high astronomical tides an… Read more

Flooding update at 12.30


date05 January 2014

Following a more settled spell overnight, river levels have receded slightly but remain high. This means that rivers are likely to be responsive to more rain and so there is a likelihood of flooding to low lying ground in areas where the there has been prolonged rainfall. A further band of heavy rain and strong winds are expected to move throug… Read more

Flooding outlook – 14.20


date04 January 2014

There are no serious flooding impacts at present but a close watch is being kept on the potential for coastal flooding around high water on the East coast this afternoon from 16.00 to 17.00. Coastal flood impacts in the East coast are currently considered likely to be slightly less than those experienced on 5 and 6 December. The main focus of co… Read more

Statement re Stornoway Flood Alert


date03 January 2014

Following an enquiry about the flood alert in Stornoway, our statement is below: Forecasting coastal surges and their coincidence with high tides is not an exact science. While we can be fairly sure what the astronomical high tide still-water levels will be, the combination of wind-driven wave overtopping and storm surges with high tides makes … Read more

Flood Outlook statement (15:00)


date03 January 2014

The strong winds forecast for today will create a sizeable tidal surge this afternoon which, combined with high astronomic tides, is likely to result in significant coastal flooding impacts around the Solway Firth, Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Lochaber. Possible impacts may also extend up the North West coast and Shetland and Orkney during high tide… Read more

Increased risk of coastal flooding for South West Scotland


date02 January 2014

A storm surge coinciding with high astronomical tides means an increased risk of coastal flooding for some areas in South and West Scotland on Friday 3 January. In addition to SEPA’s existing warnings for river flooding, updated Flood Alerts for coastal flooding have been issued for areas including Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran, Wes… Read more

Flood outlook - 14:30


date01 January 2014

Rainfall will cause river levels to rise in Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Central Scotland, Tayside and Angus during Wednesday afternoon and evening. Flood alerts have been issued in these areas, with the risk of more flooding for low-lying agricultural land. In localities where the heaviest rain falls, some isolated flooding is … Read more

Flooding update at 1330


date31 December 2013

After the flooding experienced yesterday, today should bring a slowly improving situation.  Continued rainfall, whilst not at the levels experienced recently, will mean river levels remain high in several areas of Scotland. We do not anticipate that this will cause any significant new impacts today but we will keep a close eye on the progress of f… Read more

Flooding situation – 1730


date30 December 2013

The two main areas of concern in Scotland at present are Dumfries and Galloway, and the Borders. Although the heaviest rain has now cleared Dumfries and Galloway, the River Nith in Dumfries is still rising due to water working down the catchment. We expect them to start falling around 9pm. Other river levels in Dumfries and Galloway, including N… Read more

Flooding update at 2130


date30 December 2013

Following prolonged heavy rain during Sunday night and Monday, rivers across large parts of southern Scotland rose rapidly and have caused flooding problems in a wide swathe of the country.  River levels have now mostly peaked but in some areas (e.g. river Tweed) the flood peaks are still working their way down the catchments.  Water levels remain… Read more

Flooding update - 20:00


date28 December 2013

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Wet and windy weather with coastal gales is expected to sweep across the country on Sunday night. "There is a risk of flooding in areas across Tayside, Central and Southern Scotland during Monday morning. "In most of these areas, fl… Read more

Flooding update – as at 16.30


date27 December 2013

A number of flood alerts are still in place in Scotland for the Borders, Ayrshire and Arran, Central, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and Angus, West Central Scotland and Tayside. There currently 13 flood warnings out for agricultural land in Tayside. Flood alerts and warnings for coastal flooding have now been removed, as the high tides have pas… Read more

Flooding Update at 1530


date24 December 2013

The flooding situation across Scotland is an improving picture, although there are still a number of flood alerts and warnings in place across the country. Scottish rivers have peaked and levels have been falling throughout the day. The situation for western and north-western coastal areas is expected to improve after the next high tide when the t… Read more

Flood Statement


date18 December 2013

Stewart Prodger from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Flood Unit, said: We are sufficiently concerned about today and tonights predicted rainfall to issue Flood Alerts and Warnings for several areas of Scotland. “These range from Orkney and Shetland down to Dumfries and Galloway, and highlight the potential for both ri… Read more

Flooding outlook


date05 December 2013

Pascal Lardet, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: There is a risk of flooding during Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning along the Moray Firth and south east coastal areas. Gale force winds are expected to become northwesterly during Thursday before easing on Friday. … Read more

Flooding outlook – 19:00 update


date05 December 2013

Pascal Lardet, Hydrology Duty Manager, for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: We have seen a number of instances of flooding on Thursday in many locations around the country. “However, the current high surge will persist and high tidal water levels are predicted again in the early hours of Friday morning, between … Read more

Flooding outlook


date04 December 2013

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Heavy rain will cross the country early on Thursday 5 December accompanied by gale or severe gale force westerly winds. The gale force winds will become north-westerly during Thursday evening before easing on Friday.… Read more

SEPA statement re Court of Session decision


date18 July 2013

SEPA believes in the polluter pays principle, which means that work to prevent damage to the environment should be funded by those whose activities created the risk of pollution. It is also important to make sure that we can achieve the outcomes set by European environmental Directives to make Scotland's Environment the best it can be. This pos… Read more

Recent odour issues reported in the Falkirk area


date19 February 2013

Kath McDowall, Senior Environment Protection Officer at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Following a mechanical failure of the gas extractor at the West Carron Landfill site, a high number of complaints had been received regarding a gas odour in the Falkirk area. "SEPA officers investigated the site yesterday (Wedn… Read more

Flooding outlook


date29 January 2013

David Faichney, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: There is a risk of coastal and river flooding across many areas of Scotland throughout today and Wednesday as the poor weather continues. "Very strong south westerly winds, spring tides and a positive tidal surge mean that there is potentia… Read more

Snow thaw and flood risk


date25 January 2013

David Faichney, Hydrology Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: In partnership with the Met Office, SEPA will continue to issue announcements to local authorities and emergency responders through the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service over the weekend in preparation for the predicted inclement weather.  … Read more

Flooding Update – 31 December


date31 December 2012

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: At present specific flood warnings have been issued for Strath Oykel, Strathglass, Ballinluig to Logierait, Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, Crieff to Innerpeffray, Dalguise, Glen Lyon, Grandtully Bridge to Logierait Viaduct, Innerpeffray to Bridge of … Read more

Flooding update – 28 December


date28 December 2012

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: At present specific flood warnings have been issued for the Carse of Lennoch to Lochlane, Crieff to Innerpeffray and Glen Lyon. More general flood alerts are also currently in place for Tayside, Argyll and Bute, Central, Fife, Scottish Borders, Skye… Read more

Flooding update - 27 December 2012


date27 December 2012

Pascal Lardet, Flood Unit Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said: At present four flood alerts are currently in place for Central, Tayside, Fife and the Scottish Borders, reflecting a risk of flooding for the western parts of these regions during Friday and Saturday. "Rain, accompanied by strong to gale force southerl… Read more

Flooding update 24 – 26 December


date24 December 2012

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: There is a continuing risk of flooding across Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus, Fife, Tayside and the Borders today (24 December). River levels remain high in these areas and forecast rainfall could lead to further impacts although these are unlikely … Read more

SEPA Flood Update – 15.30


date20 December 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood warnings and alerts for many areas across Scotland today. Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: Due to persistent and heavy rain over many parts of Scotland there is a widespread flood risk. The heaviest rainfall is ex… Read more

Flooding situation update


date22 November 2012

Vincent Fitzsimons, from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) Flood Unit, said: Due to this morning's heavy rain, and similar wet weather this afternoon, there is a risk of flooding in Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders and Tayside. "River flooding risk is highest at the River Nith in Dumfries with a flood warning bein… Read more

Flooding update


date20 November 2012

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Although the worst of the flooding is expected to have passed, further rainfall was predicted for this morning and early afternoon. Conditions are due to ease as the day moves on but as rivers remain high, and with ground saturated in many areas, … Read more

Latest flooding position


date19 November 2012

Marc Becker, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Heavy overnight rainfall across, especially, the south and west of Scotland, has caused river levels across this region to rise significantly. The worst affected areas appear to be the southern Highlands, west central Scotland and Dumfries and Gal… Read more

Flooding update


date12 October 2012

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Flooding is now affecting parts of the Borders, Fife, Tayside and Angus. At present 11 generalised Flood Alerts are in force ranging from the Borders across the Central Belt and up the East side of the country to Aberdeenshire, Moray, Easter Ross an… Read more

Flooding update


date12 October 2012

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: The heavy rain over southern Scotland has now cleared, but will continue for much of the rest of the day across northeastern parts of the country. There remains a medium flood risk in North East Scotland with some moderate disruption in Angus, Aberd… Read more

Flooding update


date11 October 2012

Richard Brown, Head of Hydrology for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: “There is an increasing risk of flooding for north-east Scotland on Friday and into Saturday. Persistent and heavy rain will move slowly eastwards across Scotland today, becoming slow moving across north-east Scotland on Friday. This rain may then p… Read more

Flooding update


date25 September 2012

General statement: Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: There remains to be a medium flood risk in South East Scotland. The early rainfall has caused local cases of river flooding in South East Scotland, across East Lothian, Berwickshire and Peebleshire. “There are cur… Read more

Flooding update


date25 September 2012

Vincent Fitzsimons, Hydrology Duty Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said: Heavy and persistent rain is predicted for South East Scotland this morning, which will then move North, towards the Inverness area, for the latter part of the day where it will remain overnight before gradually easing off. The early rainfa… Read more

Dalgety Bay Forum - update


date12 June 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) chaired a meeting of the Dalgety Bay Forum yesterday (11 June) to provide an update to members. SEPA's role is predominantly an overview at present, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) carries out its investigations into the presence and distribution of radioactive particles on the foreshore. The M… Read more

SEPA statement regarding Dalgety Bay debate


date16 March 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is aware of the Commons debate last night between Gordon Brown MP, and Dr Andrew Murrison, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, regarding radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay. Calum MacDonald, SEPA Executive Director, said: I was surprised and disappointed by Dr Murr… Read more

Statement on Dalgety Bay


date16 March 2012

A SEPA spokesperson said: On 29 February, in line with the timetable set by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) last November, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) submitted to SEPA its proposals in relation to radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay. "SEPA has indicated that it is broadly content with the scope of… Read more

SEPA statement on Edinburgh tram construction waste


date02 March 2012

Simon Cole, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) Unit Manager for Edinburgh, said: We have been made aware of an issue at a construction site in the Murrayfield area and SEPA officers have attended to assess the situation. Following the visit, it is believed waste which has the potential to pollute the environment may have bee… Read more

SEPA statement - Dalgety Bay plan


date07 February 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) received a draft plan for Dalgety Bay from the Ministry of Defence on 31 January. Our radioactive substances and contaminated land experts have reviewed the document and we have now responded to the MOD with our initial comments. We consider that the plan, as it stands, lacks sufficient detai… Read more

Flooding update Wednesday 30 November 2011


date30 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts covering most of the country with the exception of the east coast. As at 1pm, SEPA has 13 Flood Warnings in place covering parts of southern and central Scotland. Whilst river levels are now generally falling they remain high in Stirlingshire, Tayside and Dumfries & G… Read more

Flooding update: Tuesday 29 November 2011


date29 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued flood alerts covering most of the country with the exception of the East coast. As at 10.30 am, SEPA has 27 Flood Warnings in place covering large parts of southern, western and central Scotland. The worst affected areas are Argyll, Stirling, Tayside and Clackmannanshire. For an up-to… Read more

Campbell Gemmell statement on Dalgety Bay


date22 November 2011

Radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay is a complex technical issue requiring careful but urgent attention and involving a number of public bodies as well as the local community. SEPA had not expected to comment on the issue until after today’s Dalgety Bay Forum meeting, but we welcome the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s announcement to… Read more

SEPA statement on Forth spill


date15 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been in attendance at the site of the spill at Queensferry since yesterday morning (14 November).  which was launched officially in Edinburgh this morning, was deployed at the site at 16.30 yesterday afternoon, following reports of… Read more

Lothian and Borders Police statement re South Queensferry/ Dalmeny incident


date14 November 2011

The emergency services are currently dealing with an incident involving the discharge of drainage water from a ballast line in the South Queensferry/Dalmeny area near Edinburgh. Road cordons are currently in place at Standingstane Road, Dalmeny and the west of High Street, South Queensferry A multi agency co-ordinated response to this incide… Read more

SEPA statement re Forth spill


date14 November 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was made aware this afternoon that a pipe carrying ballast water from BP's Hound Point Terminal to Dalmeny Tank Farm appears to be leaking, resulting in ballast water entering the Firth of Forth. At this time this is not an oil spill. SEPA officers have been present on the site and are monitorin… Read more

Lothian and Borders Police - update on incident at South Queensferry


date14 November 2011

Lothian and Borders Police has co-ordinated the multi-agency response to the leak of effluent from a pipe which runs from Dalmeny Tank Farm to Hounds Point in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh. The oil company, BP, which runs Dalmeny Tank Farm, is working to resolve the leak and as a precautionary measure a 100 m exclusion zone has been put in … Read more

Dalgety Bay update


date26 October 2011

Officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) met with officials from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Scottish Government on Monday 24 October to discuss the issue of radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife. SEPA presented the results of its most recent round of monitoring and particle retrieval work at the meet… Read more

Flooding situation in Scotland - 10.00, Thurs 11 Aug


date11 August 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) currently has a number of Flood Alerts and Warnings in force due to persistent rain. Peebles in the Borders remains an area of concern. River levels are continuing to rise and are expected to carry on doing so until mid afternoon.  There is a potential for some residential impacts. In Edinbur… Read more

Flooding situation in Scotland - 13.00, Wed 10 Aug


date10 August 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) currently has a number of Flood Alerts in force due to persistent rain. More Alerts are likely to be issued later on today as the band of rain moves to the North and East. , which will be regularly updated throughout the day.… Read more

Flooding situation in Scotland - 16.30, Wed 10 Aug


date10 August 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) currently has a number of Flood Alerts in force due to persistent rain. More Alerts are likely to be issued later today as the band of rain moves to the North and East, particularly in the Moray and Easter Ross areas. , which… Read more

Flooding Update


date08 August 2011

Vincent Fitzsimons, SEPA's Duty Hydrology Manager, said: SEPA flood warning experts are closely monitoring river levels 24/7, keeping emergency responders updated and issuing Flood Alerts& Warnings to the public via Floodline. As at 15:45 Monday 8 August we have Flood Warnings in force for, the 'Milltown and Meadows' area of Huntly, and … Read more

Avondale landfill site and Olympic waste


date28 July 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is aware of some recent public interest regarding the Avondale landfill site at Polmont and allegations regarding the disposal of hazardous waste from the London Olympic site at the Avondale facility. Avondale Environmental Limited have been operating a waste landfill site, Avondale Landfill, at… Read more

Latest incident at Castlehill Water Treatment Works


date15 July 2011

Officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have been informed by Scottish Water of an ongoing incident at the Castlehill Water Treatment Works at Glendevon. An incident occurred with the same site at the beginning of last week, but this latest incident is thought to be unrelated. SEPA is currently monitoring the actions… Read more

Statement on the River Devon pollution incident


date07 July 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to investigate a pollution incident in the River Devon, which resulted in a significant fish kill this week.   SEPA staff have been undertaking inspections and water testing surveys throughout the river over the last few days and will continue to assess the overall impact of the incid… Read more

Iodine-131 update 6


date21 April 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has an ongoing comprehensive monitoring programme for radioactivity in Scotland, and has increased the level of scrutiny to provide ongoing public assurance. The latest set of 10 results from air samplers in Scotland, cover 4 – 18 April. Air monitors have continued to show very low concentratio… Read more

Iodine-131 Update 5


date14 April 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has an ongoing comprehensive monitoring programme for radioactivity in Scotland, and has increased the level of scrutiny to provide ongoing public assurance. The latest set of samples, which each cover 29 March – 12 April have consisted of: 15 air samples; two rainwater samples; five… Read more

Iodine 131 - Update 4


date07 April 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has an ongoing comprehensive monitoring programme for radioactivity in Scotland, and has increased the level of scrutiny to provide ongoing public assurance on the effects of Fukushima in Scotland. To date, this work has shown the presence of iodine-131 in: Almost all of the 11 medium volu… Read more

Iodine-131 Update 3


date01 April 2011

The UK air monitoring data showing the very low levels of iodine-131 that have been detected across Scotland over the last few days are now available on the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) website and will be updated weekly. Rainfall over Scotland over the past days has now been analysed and has shown the presence of very low concentrat… Read more

Iodine-131 - Update 2


date30 March 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been informed that a second air sampler in Scotland has reported the presence of radioactive iodine. The value reported is extremely low and is consistent with reports from other European countries such as Iceland and Switzerland. The high volume air sampler is located in Lerwick and it samp… Read more

Iodine-131 -Update


date30 March 2011

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was informed this morning (30 March) that initial analysis of routine grass samples collected in the North of Scotland have revealed very low levels of iodine-131. Further analysis is being undertaken and the final results are expected early next week. This was picked up during routine environme… Read more

SNH and SEPA Ph.D Studentships 2011


date22 November 2010

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are government bodies responsible to Scottish Government Ministers and, through them, to the Scottish Parliament. The task of SNH is to secure the conservation and enhancement of Scotland's natural heritage – the wildlife, habitats and landscapes which have evolv… Read more

Amcor Flexibles fire - Update 1


date19 September 2010

As part of the ongoing sampling of the Dedridge burn, following the fire at Amcor Flexibles in West Calder on Thursday 16 September, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has found evidence of pollution of some of the surrounding watercourses, and slightly elevated levels of one substance which has the potential to be harmful. These… Read more

Amcor Flexibles factory fire


date17 September 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to liaise with partner organisations, including West Lothian Council, in dealing with the environmental consequences of the fire at Amcor Flexibles factory in West Calder. Simon Cole, Edinburgh and Lothian’s Unit Manager for SEPA, said: The fire water is being managed and con… Read more

Carmel Burn pollution incident – update 2


date03 September 2010

SEPA officers have been continuing their investigations into the oil pollution of the Carmel Water this week. Fresh oil booms have been installed by specialist contractors and the original booms removed as they were fully absorbed with oil. Due to the nature of diesel oil containment can be difficult, but the booms are collecting the vast major… Read more

Carmel Burn pollution incident - statement


date28 August 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was made aware of an oil pollution incident involving the Carmel Burn at Crosshouse, near Kilmarnock at approximately 4.30pm on Friday 27 August. SEPA officers worked through the evening to identify the source of the pollution and continued to work into the night to install oil booms to contain … Read more

Carmel Burn pollution incident - update 1


date28 August 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was made aware of an oil pollution incident involving the Carmel Burn at Crosshouse, near Kilmarnock at approximately 4.30pm on Friday 27 August. Oil booms put in place by SEPA are holding the oil and a specialist contractor is now removing it.… Read more

Statement - Train derailment on the Glasgow to Oban line, near the Falls of Cruachan


date07 June 2010

At the request of the police, two officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) attended the scene of the train derailment on the Glasgow to Oban line, near the Falls of Cruachan, in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 7 June). The officers provided help and advice on environmental matters to the police and other partner age… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – update 7


date07 May 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to monitor the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland's environment. Rainfall/snowmelt Within the last week we have received 37 samples from a network of 39 rainfall sites. In total we have now analysed 76 rain… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA – update 6


date22 April 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is monitoring the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland's environment. SEPA's Director of Science and Strategy, Professor James Curran, said: The greatest environmental concern from volcanic ash, and the most significant r… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA – update 5


date20 April 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is monitoring the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland's environment. SEPA's Director of Science and Strategy, Professor James Curran, said: The greatest environmental concern from volcanic ash, and the most significant r… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA – update 4


date19 April 2010

SEPA's ongoing monitoring of Scotland's environment in relation to volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano has continued over the weekend. Air quality and radioactivity monitoring networks continue to provide normal readings with no areas of concern. Samples of dust and rainwater from sites across Scotland are now being sent to SEPA laboratorie… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA – update 3


date18 April 2010

SEPA continues to monitor the situation regarding the ash plume from the Icelandic volcano. For details of our monitoring programme see . This morning’s readings from Scotland’s air quality and radioactivity monitoring networks continue to be normal, with no areas of concern. SEPA and the Met Office have been collecting rainfall sa… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA - update 2


date17 April 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is monitoring the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland’s environment. SEPA’s Director of Science and Strategy, Professor James Curran, said: The greatest environmental concern from volcanic ash, and the most significant r… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – the latest news from SEPA - update 1


date16 April 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is monitoring the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland’s environment. SEPA has completed preliminary analysis on two dust samples collected in Aberdeen and Lerwick. Preliminary microscopic analysis has shown that the properties… Read more

Volcanic ash cloud – latest situation


date16 April 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is monitoring the situation regarding the volcanic ash cloud currently affecting the UK and its possible impact on Scotland's environment. A sample of the ash which fell in Lerwick, Shetland has been collected and delivered to SEPA's laboratory in Aberdeen where it is currently being anaylsed. … Read more

Flooding situation – Tuesday 30 March – 13.30


date30 March 2010

High tides and storm surge conditions along the east coast of Scotland are combining to produce very high coastal water levels. These high levels, exacerbated by high flows in the River Esk, are expected to cause significant flooding of property in some low lying areas of Musselburgh. Furthermore, heavy rain/snow has affected large parts of Sco… Read more

Thawing and flooding - update 4


date16 January 2010

In some areas, there remains a considerable volume of water locked up in the extensive snow cover which, in many cases, is overlying frozen ground and has the potential to contribute to flooding. Although the thaw of lying snow has been ongoing for the past three days it is expected to continue for several days yet and this, in combination with sp… Read more

Thawing and flooding - update 5


date16 January 2010

The ongoing thaw of recent days, in combination with a spell of heavy rain which crossed much of Scotland overnight and into today (Saturday, 16 January), has resulted in a rapid rise in river levels across much of Scotland, especially in the south and east of Scotland where SEPA has issued seven flood warnings. We also have 18 flood watch message… Read more

Thawing and flooding - update 3


date15 January 2010

There is a considerable volume of water locked up in the extensive snow cover which, in many cases, is overlying frozen ground and has the potential to contribute to flooding. Although the thaw of lying snow has been ongoing for the past two days it is expected to continue for several days yet and this, in combination with spells of heavy rainfall… Read more

Thawing and flooding - Update 2


date14 January 2010

There is clearly a considerable volume of water locked up in the extensive snow cover which, in many cases, is overlying frozen ground and has the potential to contribute to flooding. The pattern of thaw will depend very much on the weather at the end of the present cold spell. Thursday (14th January) will see a continuation of the low temperat… Read more

Thawing and flooding - update 1


date11 January 2010

There is clearly a considerable volume of rainfall equivalent locked up in the extensive snow cover which, in many cases, is overlying frozen ground and has the potential to contribute to flooding. The pattern of thaw will depend very much on the weather at the end of the present cold spell. Should there be continued settled conditions with a grad… Read more