Media Releases : 2014

River flumes provide safe crossing for walkers

  30 December 2014
Flumes installed at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) river gauging station at Eas Daimh will give walkers a safe way to access Ben Lui from the nearby Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) car park. The project, which was conducted in collaboration with both FCS and Network Rail, and with input from British Transport Police, means that there is now an alternative to trespassing on the mainline railway.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on public to be flood-prepared over festive period

  19 December 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging the public and businesses to make sure they are prepared in case flooding occurs over the festive season.  Read the full media release

2014 irrigation water abstraction data returns

  18 December 2014
Now that 2014 is almost over, if you hold an irrigation water abstraction licence from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) you should be in the process of collating and sending in your data returns. They must be returned by 31 December 2014.  Read the full media release

New authorisation conditions for small sewage discharges in Scotland

  11 December 2014
Anyone applying for a small secondary treated sewage discharge from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) may notice that the way the discharges are authorised has changed.   Read the full media release

Scotland's first conference on environmental waste crime

  26 November 2014
Scotland’s first environmental waste crime conference was held in Edinburgh today, bringing together key agencies and organisations to look at the scale and extent of waste crime in Scotland, and how to tackle it.  Read the full media release

Compliance assessment results published for 2013

  11 November 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (11 November) published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2013, which show that 90% of the operators assessed achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant.  Read the full media release

Kirkton Industrial Estate set to be improved by planting new trees

  05 November 2014
A group of people from Arbroath are set to help improve a local industrial estate by planting trees on Friday 14 November. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) staff and volunteers from companies at Kirkton Industrial Estate, including Pioneer Oil Tools & Multi Packaging Solutions, are looking forward to putting their new saplings in the ground as part of an event which has been organised to introduce biodiversity to the area.   Read the full media release

New Scottish waste and recycling data published for 2012

  04 November 2014
Newly compiled data has been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today which provides a breakdown of all waste generated and managed in Scotland during 2012.   Read the full media release

SEPA admits it's not easy being green - but sustainability is a worthwhile challenge

  27 October 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a new report today (30 January 2014) demonstrating that being sustainable throughout all its work has proven a challenge for the Agency.  Read the full media release

Going for Green - SEPA reports on its sustainability

  27 October 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has, for the fifth consecutive year, put the brakes on its travel and transport emissions, and has achieved waste recycling rates well above the national average according to a new report which has been published today (27 October 2014).  Read the full media release

New SPRI figures show 8% drop in industry Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  23 October 2014
Figures released today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have shown an eight per cent drop in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from industrial processes during 2013.  Read the full media release

Coastal communities to benefit from improved Moray Firth flood warning service

  06 October 2014
More than 9,000 homes and businesses could benefit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) improved coastal flood warning service for the Moray Firth, which was launched today (Monday 6 October) by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse.  Read the full media release

Another good summer for Scotland’s Bathing Waters

  30 September 2014
Scotland’s 84 designated bathing waters achieved another high pass rate of 97% this year. Despite the impact of the tail end of a hurricane, this summer only two beaches (Heads of Ayr and Lunan Bay) failed for the overall 2014 season. Of the other 82, 36 were mandatory passes and 46 reached the higher guideline standard.   Read the full media release

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2013

  29 September 2014
Official Statistics released today by statisticians at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that Scotland's local authorities recycled 42.2% of the household waste they collected in 2013.  Read the full media release

SSE withdraws Tummel hydroscheme application for variation

  26 September 2014
SEPA has received a letter from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) dated 15 September 2014, notifying SEPA that it is withdrawing its application to vary the Tummel hydropower licence with immediate effect.   Read the full media release

SEPA CEO to stand down

  01 August 2014
The Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Professor James Curran, is to stand down early next year.  Read the full media release

SEPA transfers licences for six former coal sites

  24 July 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has transferred environmental licences for six former opencast coal sites to a new operator, Mines Restoration Limited (MRL).   Read the full media release

SEPA update on Dalgety Bay - long term solution identified

  10 July 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) warmly welcomes the report published today (10 July) from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) containing proposals for dealing with the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay in Fife.   Read the full media release

Stirling initiative receives prestigious planning award

  04 July 2014
A Stirlingshire project has been recognised for its innovative approach to local engagement and decision making with an Award for Planning Excellence from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which was officially presented on Monday 23 June.  Read the full media release

Love at first sight for local volunteers

  02 July 2014
This release has been issued on behalf of Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership.   Read the full media release

Loch Ken drop-in event for North American signal crayfish

  30 June 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is holding a drop-in session on Saturday 5 July, 2014 at the Cross Keys Hotel in New Galloway, to answer questions regarding the issue of North American signal crayfish in Loch Ken.  Read the full media release

SEPA recognised with first multi-site Cycle Friendly Employer Award

  26 June 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) was officially named as Cycling Scotland’s first, multi-site, Cycle Friendly Employer this week, in recognition of the efforts made to support and encourage staff from across the organisation to cycle more.  Read the full media release

Youth Discussion competition recognises Scotland’s eco champions

  17 June 2014
Issued on behalf of Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership  Read the full media release

Edinburgh salvage yard owner fined for oil pollution

  13 June 2014
The owner of a Newbridge salvage yard was fined £8,000 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (12 June 2014) after a tributary of the River Almond was polluted with oil from the site.  Read the full media release

State of Scotland’s environment outlined in new report

  05 June 2014
Issued on behalf of Scotland’s Environment Web Partnership  Read the full media release

Scotland’s bathing water season starts

  02 June 2014
Collieston in Aberdeenshire became Scotland’s 84th designated bathing water yesterday (1 June) as the country’s official bathing water season began.  Read the full media release

SEPA funded barrier removal improves fish migration

  23 May 2014
As part of World Fish Migration Day 2014, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is highlighting the importance of work to remove historic barriers from rivers and lochs which impact on Scotland’s migrating fish populations.  Read the full media release

Horse manure dumping in Dingwall - Appeal for information

  20 May 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the dumping of horse manure near the Cromarty Firth.  Read the full media release

Month long survey to map Scotland’s marine environment

  19 May 2014
Marine ecologists and oceanography experts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have today (19 May) embarked on a four week survey as part of ongoing work to improve scientific understanding of Scotland’s natural marine environment.   Read the full media release

Blairgowrie businessman sentenced to a 100 hour Community Payback Order for polluting a Perthshire burn and for a waste offence

  17 April 2014
An employee of a company which empties septic tanks was sentenced to a 100 hour Community Payback Order for unpaid work and activities to be completed within three months at Perth Sheriff Court today (17 April 2014) for polluting a local burn with sewage and for breaching waste management legislation designed to protect the environment.  Read the full media release

"Check, Clean, Dry" Campaign to combat spread of Invasive Non-Native Species

  15 April 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) alongside partner organisations are encouraging recreational water users in Dumfries and Galloway to thoroughly check, clean and dry any equipment as part of a campaign to ensure that invasive non-native species are not easily spread across Scotland's rivers and lochs.   Read the full media release

Explore your inner citizen scientist

  07 April 2014
Science Needs You! will show budding scientists aged 14 and over how to get involved in real research, without having to set foot in a lab.  Read the full media release

Scottish and Southern Energy's application review

  02 April 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is well advanced in determining Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) application to modify flows within areas of the Tay and Spey catchments in order to improve the quality of some rivers as required by the European Water Framework Directive.  Read the full media release

Compliance with new waste regulations "encouraging"

  06 March 2014
A series of unannounced inspections by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has found that current levels of compliance with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations are encouragingly high amongst urban businesses.  Read the full media release

SEPA vows to help Scotland address the climate change 'challenge'

  03 March 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has marked the start of Climate Week 2014 today (3 March 2014) with the launch of a new plan to guide the Agency’s work in helping to deliver a lower carbon, more resilient Scotland.  Read the full media release

Clarification of the rules on river management in Scotland

  26 February 2014
Constructive talks were held when NFUS President, Nigel Miller, met with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's (SEPA) Chairman, David Sigsworth, and representatives of the Scottish Government on a recent visit to Dumfries and Galloway.  Read the full media release

Land Information Search tool launched on Scotland's Environment website

  26 February 2014
A new feature, designed to assist a wide cross-section of the community with land, boundary and access enquiries, has been added to Scotland's Environment website.  Read the full media release

Great prizes on offer for young people's ideas

  18 February 2014
What do you really care about in your local environment? That's the question being posed on the Scotland's Environment Website, in a competition which gives young Scots a chance to air their views.  Read the full media release

Floodline number changes

  04 February 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) delivers flood warnings in Scotland through Floodline, which operates in England, Scotland and Wales.   Read the full media release

Illegal dumping of oil drums – Appeal for information

  03 February 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the illegal dumping of oil drums between the A9 and Tibbermore on the outskirts of Perth last week.  Read the full media release

Irrigation data return deadline extended to end of January - make sure you return yours

  23 January 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging farmers and land managers to submit their irrigation data returns as soon as possible, following an extension of the deadline to 31 January.  Read the full media release

Welcome progress at Dalgety Bay

  22 January 2014
Today, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the Outline Management Options report, prepared by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The report details a range of potential options to address the radioactive contamination at Dalgety Bay.  Read the full media release

Public consultations launched on the challenges for improving Scotland's water environment

  17 January 2014
Two public consultations have been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to help inform the next stage of Scotland's plans for sustainable management of rivers, lochs, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater.  Read the full media release

SEPA targets flooding with new 'milestone' maps

  15 January 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (Wednesday 15 January) published the most comprehensive national source of data on flood hazard and risk for Scotland.  Read the full media release

SEPA welcomes new Board members

  07 January 2014
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has today (7 January) announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release