Media Releases : 2022

Water environment under stress as parts of Fife reach Significant Scarcity

  05 August 2022
Parts of Fife have now reached the highest level for water scarcity, as below average rainfall in the east of Scotland continues to cause stress on the environment.  Read the full media release

Mobile air pollution exhibit on display in Edinburgh

  01 August 2022
A mobile exhibit, highlighting the science and issues around air pollution and air quality, is on display in Edinburgh this summer.  Read the full media release

SEPA warns water scarcity risk set to reach ‘Significant’ level

  29 July 2022
Businesses are being asked to reduce water use as nearly all of east and south Scotland sees impacts of water scarcity. Mid and north Fife are expected to reach Significant Scarcity in the next week and the Tweed catchment in the Borders is Moderate Scarcity. SEPA may have to impose restrictions on abstractions.  Read the full media release

Water Scarcity risk increases across Scotland

  22 July 2022
Following a week of hot and dry weather, many parts of Scotland remain at an increased risk of water scarcity in the latest situation report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Salmon returns to river after 100 years

  22 July 2022
Salmon have returned to the Garrell Burn in Kilsyth for the first time in 100 years, as a result of a river restoration project by the council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Water scarcity risk increases in 11 more areas across Scotland

  15 July 2022
Eleven more areas in Scotland are at an increased risk of water scarcity in the latest situation report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

SEPA warns water scarcity risk unlikely to improve

  08 July 2022
In the latest water scarcity report published by SEPA, the River Ythan catchment in Aberdeenshire joins the Firth of Tay in Moderate Scarcity level due to very dry ground conditions and low river levels.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency announces Nicole Paterson as next Chief Executive

  07 July 2022
Nicole Paterson, who joins SEPA in October, is an award-winning local government Chief Officer, with nearly thirty-years’ experience across five local authorities, consultancy, and environmental non-executive roles; leading operational, regulatory and strategic environmental services.  Read the full media release

How SEPA innovators are helping Scotland adapt with climate change

  04 July 2022
The Scottish Flood Forecast is the biggest change to SEPA's flood warning service since 2011 and will help communities respond to more frequent floods as a result of climate change.  Read the full media release

£2.7m investment to transform derelict Barrhead land and reduce flood risk

  04 July 2022
SEPA is working closely with East Renfrewshire Council, through the Water Environment Fund (WEF), to improve the Levern Water and return it to a more natural river channel.  Read the full media release

Finalists announced for VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards

  01 July 2022
A record number of entrants for the 2022 awards have been narrowed down to 45 finalists – from across a range of industries including food and drink, construction and life sciences. They will all be considered for one or more categories ahead of the award ceremony later this year.  Read the full media release

Water scarcity risk increased in Firth of Tay area

  01 July 2022
The Firth of Tay area has now reached Moderate Scarcity, the second highest risk level, in the latest water scarcity situation report from SEPA.  Read the full media release

Further water scarcity alerts issued

  24 June 2022
In the latest report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Wick and Thurso join eastern parts the country, where Alert level has been reached. Parts of Dumfries and Galloway have been raised to Early Warning Level.  Read the full media release

Water scarcity situation deteriorates in east of Scotland

  17 June 2022
In the latest report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Borders joins parts of Aberdeenshire, Tayside, Fife and the Lothians, where Alert level has been reached.  Read the full media release

Air quality in focus for next generations on Clean Air Day 2022

  16 June 2022
Schools, businesses, local authorities and other organisations across Scotland, and beyond, are taking part in Clean Air Day – a national air quality campaign. Now in its sixth year, Clean Air Day’s theme is ‘Air pollution impacts our health from our first breath to our last’.  Read the full media release

New Tidal Flood model for the Clyde published

  13 June 2022
This collaboration between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Glasgow City Council will inform management of flood risk on the Clyde, and replaces the River Clyde Flood Management Strategy model.  Read the full media release

New data tool launched to help researchers understand the effects human medicines have on Scotland’s environment

  13 June 2022
A new data visualisation tool to help to help researchers better understand the effects medicines have on Scotland’s environment has been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on behalf of the One Health Breakthrough Partnership (OHBP).  Read the full media release

Water scarcity alert extended in east of Scotland

  10 June 2022
More parts of Scotland have reached Alert level for water scarcity in the latest report from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Man sentenced to 11 months imprisonment for large-scale fly-tipping in Glasgow

  08 June 2022
Declan Clarke originally pleaded guilty, after being accused of dumping more than 51 tonnes of tyres and household waste at a number of sites across Glasgow.  Read the full media release

2022 is key year for Dhoon Bay as bathing water season begins

  06 June 2022
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is collaborating with partners to improve water quality at Dhoon Bay as the 2022 bathing water season begins.  Read the full media release

SEPA issues first water scarcity alert of 2022

  02 June 2022
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published its first water scarcity alert of the year with business operators and farmers in the Firth of Tay area urged to efficiently manage their water use.  Read the full media release

Scots get back to the beach as summer season opens

  01 June 2022
Scotland’s bathing water season begins today (1 June) ready to welcome locals, international and domestic visitors to 87 locations around the country, playing a vital role in helping Scotland’s tourism industry recover after limited travel over the last few years.  Read the full media release

SEPA reveals how businesses are taking action to avoid water scarcity this Water Saving Week 

  27 May 2022
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is highlighting how businesses are playing their part to protect Scotland’s water environment as part of Water Saving Week 2022.  Read the full media release

SEPA seeks feedback on new three-day flood forecast

  12 May 2022
The three-day Scottish Flood Forecast is the biggest change to our flood warning service since it began in 2011 and will provide more advance notice to at-risk communities and businesses.  Read the full media release

SEPA looks to the future as Annual Operating Plan sets out priorities for regulation, climate resilience and recovery

  12 May 2022
The plan supports Scotland’s transition to Net Zero and continued adaption to a post-EU policy environment. It prioritises regulatory focus on permitting, compliance checking, tackling non-compliance and illegal activities, environmental monitoring and beyond compliance opportunities.  Read the full media release

Scotland has highest number of bathing waters ever – as two new locations designated for 2022

  10 May 2022
Lower Largo in Fife and Barassie in Ayrshire are now Scottish designated bathing waters following a decision by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP. This brings the total number of bathing waters in Scotland to 87, the highest number on record.  Read the full media release

Ayrshire coast boost as Minister announces new designated bathing water at Barassie

  10 May 2022
Barassie beach in Ayrshire is now one of Scotland's designated bathing waters following a decision by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP. Lower Largo in Fife has also been newly designated as a bathing water in 2022, bringing the total number to 87.  Read the full media release

Fife coast boost as Minister announces new designated bathing water at Lower Largo

  10 May 2022
Lower Largo beach in Fife is now one of Scotland's designated bathing waters following a decision by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP. Barassie in Ayrshire has also been newly designated as a bathing water in 2022, bringing the total number to 87.  Read the full media release

Wardie Bay is not designated as bathing water – but SEPA will carry out water quality sampling during 2022 season

  10 May 2022
Wardie Bay in Edinburgh has not been designated as one of Scotland's designated bathing waters following a decision by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP.  Read the full media release

River Almond not designated as bathing water for 2022 - but water quality improvement plans ongoing

  10 May 2022
Almondell in West Lothian has not been designated as one of Scotland's bathing waters following a decision by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP.  Read the full media release

Tayside and Aberdeenshire businesses warned of low water levels

  06 May 2022
Parts of Tayside and Aberdeenshire have reached early warning level in the latest water scarcity report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Waste criminals targeted in North East week of action

  28 April 2022
Local officers and specialist enforcement officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) joined colleagues from Police Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council Trading Standards, Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards, Moray Council Trading Standards and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in Operation Protector, designed to target criminals involved in illegal waste activity.  Read the full media release

SEPA issues first water scarcity warning of 2022 season

  28 April 2022
Parts of Scotland have reached early warning stage in the first water scarcity report published by SEPA this year.  Read the full media release

Final call for Scotland’s green businesses to enter VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards

  14 April 2022
Scottish businesses championing environmental practice and products have until April 29 to apply to showcase their eco-excellence to be in with a chance of securing a prestigious VIBES Scottish Environment Business Award.  Read the full media release

Franceska van Dijk announced as new Deputy Chair of SEPA Board

  13 April 2022
Franceska brings a wealth of experience in sustainability and has been appointed to the Board until the end of her term on 31 December 2023.  Read the full media release

SEPA’s flood messaging system to be extended to include multiple hazard warnings

  08 April 2022
The new Future Flood and Incident Messaging Service (FFIMS) will involve an initial phase of developments over the next year, including dynamic and location-based alerts and new digital communications.  Read the full media release

Innovative partnership offers route to a greener dram

  07 April 2022
Residues from distilleries and breweries can be added to sewage sludge processed at Aberdeen’s Nigg Waste Water Treatment Works for the first time.  Read the full media release

2020 emissions data shows impact of COVID-19 on Scottish industry

  31 March 2022
The latest data reveals greenhouse gas emissions from SEPA regulated industrial sites fell by 6% between 2019 and 2020.  Read the full media release

Communities to receive funds for environment improvements following Longannet ash incident

  28 March 2022
Communities affected by dust emissions from an incident involving Valleyfield Ash Lagoons at the former Longannet Power Station in 2017 will benefit from £100,000 of funds which are available for environmental projects in their local areas.  Read the full media release

First phase of improvements at Lyne Burn completed

  25 March 2022
Fife Council, in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have completed the restoration of a section of the Lyne Burn in Dunfermline.  Read the full media release

Businesses across Scotland urged to prepare for water scarcity this summer

  22 March 2022
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is working with businesses across Scotland to help them prepare for a potential lack of water this summer.  Read the full media release

SEPA asks waste sector to respond to storage and treatment of healthcare waste consultation

  09 March 2022
All those who collect, transport, store treat and dispose of healthcare waste are being encouraged to respond to a consultation on its storage and treatment from Scotland’s environmental regulator.  Read the full media release

Healthcare waste producers encouraged to respond to storage and treatment consultation

  09 March 2022
Hospitals, dentists, care homes, veterinary practices, pharmacies, needle exchange facilities and other producers of healthcare waste are being encouraged to respond to a consultation on its storage and treatment from Scotland’s environmental regulator.  Read the full media release

Search on for Scotland’s top green businesses as entries open for VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards

  02 March 2022
Entries are now open for VIBES - Scottish Environment Business Awards, and companies across Scotland of all sizes with a green ethos that have demonstrated significant business benefits from good environmental practice are being encouraged to enter.  Read the full media release

Ayrshire residents urged to sign up for flood warnings

  01 March 2022
More than 1,300 households are being encouraged to sign up for notifications from the Ayr and Annick Flood Warning schemes.  Read the full media release

Scottish business environmental compliance over 90% for fifth year in a row in latest data recovered and published by SEPA

  18 February 2022
Scottish business environmental compliance was over 90% for the fifth year in a row in the latest data recovered and published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) after the agency’s December 2020 cyber-attack.  Read the full media release

Scots’ views sought on mandatory digital waste tracking

  14 February 2022
A consultation setting out plans for a mandatory digital waste tracking service in the UK was launched on 21 January 2022.  Read the full media release

31 significant waste crime sites targeted by SEPA as BBC Disclosure focuses on serious & organised crime

  31 January 2022
Scottish Environment Protection Agency staff and their work tackling waste crime will be featured as part of investigative journalism programme BBC Disclosure on Monday 31 January at 7pm.  Read the full media release

New partnership to support net zero in Scotland

  28 January 2022
Enhanced environmental monitoring will support Scotland’s journey to net zero and beyond, thanks to a new partnership between the University of Stirling and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release