Media Releases : 2021

SEPA closely monitoring restart of Fife Ethylene plant after major investment work to reduce impact of flaring

  22 June 2021
Work to reduce the impacts of flaring from the Fife Ethylene Plant reaches an important milestone this week as ExxonMobil Chemical Limited begins the process of restarting its plant following the installation of a low-noise elevated flare tip, as required by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Hidden Burn Brought Back to the Surface at Sandyhills Park

  18 June 2021
Concealed, after being culverted through Sandyhills Park in the 1950's - work is now complete to uncover a section of Tollcross Burn and restore it to its original route as part of a major Glasgow City Deal project to reduce flood risk and build climate resilience.  Read the full media release

SEPA works with pupils to mark the launch of a scheme to cut down on vehicle traffic outside schools as part of Clean Air Day

  17 June 2021
SEPA is monitoring air quality levels around two Montrose schools and educating pupils about air pollution through SEPA’s ‘Learn About Air’ educational initiative as part of Clean Air Day 2021.  Read the full media release

VIBES Awards call on businesses to play their part in helping Scotland meet ambition to be carbon neutral

  16 June 2021
The VIBES Awards are calling on businesses across the country to play their part in supporting Scotland to meet its target of net zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.  Read the full media release

SEPA working with farmers to help clean up Ayr South bathing water

  07 June 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is encouraging farmers and land managers to play their part in improving water quality at Ayr South, one of Scotland’s busiest bathing beaches.  Read the full media release

Actions underway to clean up Scotland’s busiest bathing water

  07 June 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is collaborating with partners to clean up the water at one of Scotland’s busiest bathing waters, Ayr (South Beach) ahead of a unique ‘staycation’ summer.  Read the full media release

Earth Overshoot Day creeps back to July 29

  04 June 2021
The modest gains from the pandemic-induced resource-use reductions were short-lived, highlighting the urgency of driving an economic recovery where all can thrive within the means of the Earth. Earth Overshoot Day 2021 lands on July 29, Councillor Susan Aitken, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, announced today on behalf of Global Footprint Network and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Spotlight on Levenmouth as Climate Beacon for COP26

  04 June 2021
A Fife regeneration initiative aiming to improve the local environment and encourage social and economic opportunities along the River Leven catchment has been awarded ‘Climate Beacon’ status by Creative Carbon Scotland to mark the year of COP26.  Read the full media release

Scotland’s bathing waters start 2021 season with 94% achieving strict environmental standards

  01 June 2021
Scotland’s bathing water season officially begins today (1 June) in what is shaping up to be a busy year for the country’s beautiful beaches.  Read the full media release

SEPA reminds Scottish businesses that compliance is non-negotiable as Scottish Water fined £6,700 for Fife water pollution

  14 May 2021
Scotland’s environmental regulator, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), is reminding Scottish business that compliance with Scotland’s environmental laws is non-negotiable, as an investigation it led has this week resulted in a prosecution and fine for an operator following a water pollution incident in Fife.  Read the full media release

Scotland’s EPA confirms remediation of Dalgety Bay to begin

  14 May 2021
SEPA has been clear in requirements that remediation “will be done once, and it will be done right – providing a permanent and positive resolution”.  Read the full media release

Early warning system to avert Covid-19 lockdowns

  13 May 2021
Scientists are developing a coronavirus early warning system that could prevent future lockdowns by combining data on vaccine uptake with wastewater testing.  Read the full media release

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