Media Releases : 2021

First phase environmental programme confirmed for Tarbolton landfill

  24 March 2021
A “clear route to restoration” is in sight for Tarbolton landfill in South Ayrshire, as the first phase of a longer-term plan involving public partners for remediation of the site has received funding from Scottish Government.  Read the full media release

Scotland’s Covid-19 waste water monitoring programme extended until March 2022

  22 March 2021
Scotland’s pioneering project to monitor Covid-19 by measuring its genetic footprint in waste water will continue for another year after an additional £2.3 million of funding announced by the Scottish Government this week.  Read the full media release

Clear pathway to compliance for Mossmorran as watchdog strengthens regulation & monitoring of Fife sites

  19 March 2021
Irish Environmental Protection Agency Best Practice Review will lead to community participation in design of monitoring network, enhanced visibility of compliance & monitoring reports & new online regulatory hub.  Read the full media release

SEPA investigation finds iron pollution turned water orange

  10 March 2021
Historic mine workings have been confirmed as the contamination source that caused water discolouration in two burns near St Andrews.  Read the full media release

Scottish Flood Forecasting Service marks 10th Anniversary

  09 March 2021
The Scottish Flood Forecasting Service (SFFS) is today (Tuesday 9 March) marking a decade of supporting the nation’s preparedness and response to flooding.  Read the full media release

SEPA’s river level data webpages restored

  08 March 2021
Members of the public can access river level data from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the first time since the cyber-attack on 24 December.  Read the full media release

SEPA tackling emerging threat of abandoned waste trailers

  22 February 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is warning of a new trend in waste crime after two abandoned trailers full of waste appeared in the central belt in recent weeks. Investigations are being undertaken by SEPA to establish the source of the trailers which could lead to the prosecution of those responsible.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues weekly service status updates following cyber-attack

  12 February 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the third in a series of weekly service status updates in response to the Christmas Eve cyber-attack which continues to significantly impact the agency’s internal systems and services.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) publishes weekly cyber-attack service status update

  28 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the first in a series of weekly service status updates in response to the Christmas Eve cyber-attack which continues to significantly impact the agency’s internal systems and services.  Read the full media release

SEPA Cyber-Attack: Data theft, service delivery and recovery update

  21 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (21 January 2021) provided a further update on the ongoing ransomware cyber-attack which has significantly impacted the organisation since Christmas Eve.  The organisation reiterated that it will not engage with criminals intent on disrupting public services and extorting public funds.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency confirms ongoing ransomware attack likely to be by international serious and organised cyber-crime groups as 1.2 GB of data theft confirmed

  14 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (14 January 2021) confirmed it was continuing to respond to an ongoing ransomware attack likely to be by international serious and organised cyber-crime groups. The agency also confirmed the theft of 1.2 GB of data and the support available to staff and affected partners, whilst reassuring the public that priority regulatory, monitoring, flood forecasting and warning services are adapting and continuing to operate.  Read the full media release

SEPA Cyber-Attack: Update

  07 January 2021
On Christmas Eve, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) confirmed that it was responding to a significant cyber attack involving complex and sophisticated criminality.  We confirmed the attack was affecting our contact centre, internal systems, processes and internal communications.  Read the full media release