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Media Releases : 2015

SEPA Chairman, David Sigsworth, retires


  31 December 2015

The Chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), David Sigsworth, is retiring from the role at the end of December.  
SEPA calls on public to be aware of flood risk this weekend


  04 December 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on the public to be aware that heavy persistent rainfall during today (4 December) and Saturday may result in widespread flooding in parts of Scotland this weekend.  
Final reminder for 2015 water abstraction data returns


  01 December 2015

Licence holders who have abstracted water for irrigating crops and fields during 2015, are being reminded that data returns should be submitted to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) before 31 December 2015.   
SEPA hosts tea-party to help elderly get flood-prepared


  23 November 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Contact the Elderly hosted a special tea-party in Stirling yesterday (22 November) to help older people get flood-prepared.  
SEPA calls on young people to share flooding knowledge


  13 November 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging young people to educate their families and friends on how to be flood-prepared this winter.  
SEPA launches new interactive flood reporting tool


  10 November 2015

As some of Scotland sees localised flooding, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (10 November 2015) launched a new interactive flood reporting tool in order to help communities across Scotland be flood-prepared.   
Local air quality matters: workshop opportunity


  03 November 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living, is hosting a public workshop to help develop a new online air quality tool for local communities.  
2014 Compliance Assessment Scheme results published


  20 October 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (20 October) published its Compliance Assessment Scheme figures for 2014, which show that 88% of operators assessed have achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant.  
Solway Firth flood warning scheme to benefit coastal communities


  09 October 2015

More than 1400 homes and businesses could benefit from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) new coastal flood warning scheme for the Solway Firth, which was launched today (Friday 9 October) by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr. Aileen McLeod.  
SEPA reports expected bathing water classifications under new European Directive


  06 October 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) expects that 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters will meet the new European water quality standards when confirmed classifications are issued by the EU in spring 2016.  
Alyth Flood Report


  05 October 2015

The investigation into the causes of the flooding in Alyth on 17 July 2015 has now been completed and a joint agency report of the findings has been prepared.   
SPRI shows overall decline in greenhouse gases from Scottish industry


  02 October 2015

Figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (2 October) have shown a 9% drop in total greenhouse gases emissions from industrial sources from 2013 to 2014.  
An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2014


  30 September 2015

Official statistics have been issued today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) which shows that Local Authorities in Scotland have recycled 42.8% of household waste collected in 2014.   
Changing our children’s choices to tackle air pollution


  24 September 2015

Teaching children about the contribution travel choices make to air pollution is the best way to change attitudes and behaviours for the future.  
New procurement guidance launched to help crack waste crime


  18 September 2015

New procurement guidance launched to help crack waste crime  
Proposals to improve Compliance Assessment Scheme outlined in new SEPA consultation


  04 September 2015

A new consultation has been launched by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (4 September, 2015) on proposed improvements to the current Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), which rates environmental licences at over 10,000 sites across Scotland.   
Four weeks until reservoir registration period closes


  02 September 2015

Only four weeks remain until the deadline for operators to register their reservoir with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), before the registration period ends on 30 September.   
Scotland’s businesses must meet Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme deadline of 5 December


  27 August 2015

Hundreds of businesses across Scotland only have until 5 December to undertake and submit energy audits to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) regulations.  
Recruitment begins for new SEPA Chair and Board member


  31 July 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (31 July, 2015) publicised the recruitment process for candidates to replace the current Chairman and one Non-Executive member of the SEPA Board.   
Public consultation begins on new enforcement policy and guidance for environmental offences


  23 July 2015

Stakeholders are being invited by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), to provide feedback on a revised enforcement policy and guidance on the use of SEPA’s new enforcement tools.   
SEPA sets out guidance for marine cage fish farms


  09 July 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (9 July 2015) published updated guidance on how fish farms are regulated in Scotland.  
Consultation on new regulatory charging scheme launched


  26 June 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (26 June, 2015) launched a consultation on proposed changes to the regulatory charging scheme covering annual licence costs and application fees.   
Taking the Caledonian Canal can reduce CO2 emissions by over 85%


  15 June 2015

The 24 metre Sir John Murray, Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) scientific survey vessel, will take the opportunity to travel through the historic canal today (15 June 2015) to show how taking the direct route to the North Sea can dramatically save on CO2 emissions.  
Scotland’s Bathing Water season starts


  01 June 2015

Scotland’s official bathing water season starts today (1 June), the first reporting period under the new EU Bathing Water Directive.  
Appeal for information: Suspected illegal dumping of construction & demolition waste in Cosnakie Woods, Pitcairngreen


  20 May 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the dumping of construction and demolition waste. A wooden conservatory and other household and garden waste types were deposited on private land at Cosnakie Wood, one mile north of Pitcairngreen.  
Minister opens new shared office for Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage


  13 May 2015

Scottish Government Minister Aileen McLeod MSP today (13 May) opened Strathallan House, a new shared office in Stirling for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).  
Importance of climate change highlighted ahead of international summit in Paris


  16 April 2015

Ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this November, environmental experts will discuss the chief concerns facing the global community from climate change at the Edinburgh International Science Festival tonight (Thursday, 16 April).  
Reservoir registration now open


  01 April 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding all reservoir managers of the importance of early sign up as the six month free registration period officially opens today.  
SEPA advises of changes to hydropower scheme application procedure


  13 March 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has taken the decision to temporarily stand down its specialist team responsible for the determination of hydropower scheme applications.  
Innovative forecasting trial could help flood risk communities


  12 March 2015

CREW, Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters, has today (12 March 2015) published a report, commissioned by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), on the successful delivery of an innovative pilot project to improve surface water flood forecasting in urban areas.   
Future funding announced for Scotland’s Environment Web


  12 March 2015

Scotland’s first dedicated website for environmental data will continue to be supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and partners, once the European LIFE+ funding contribution concludes later this year. SEPA’s Chief Executive, James Curran, will make the announcement of future funding for the website (www.environment.scotland.gov.uk) at Understanding the state of the environment – a conference being held by the agency in Edinburgh tomorrow (13 March).   
SEPA urges coastal communities to sign up to improved Moray Firth flood warning service


  09 March 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding residents and businesses to get flood-prepared and sign up to the improved coastal flood warning service for the Moray Firth.  
Six month registration period for reservoirs opens 1 April 2015


  04 March 2015

During 2016, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will become responsible for regulating reservoir safety in Scotland. To ensure all relevant reservoir operators are fully registered with SEPA ahead of the change, a free six month registration period will open on 1 April, 2015.   
Flood risk management partners invite views on how flood risk is managed in Scotland


  02 March 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and local authorities are today (Monday 2 March) calling on the public and businesses to share their opinions on the most comprehensive assessment of flood risk, and its impacts, ever compiled in Scotland.   
SEPA commences River Leven survey in Fife


  13 February 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has contracted a specialist team to survey the River Leven catchment in Fife over the coming weeks.  
SEPA and Rio Tinto Alcan to deliver environmental improvements to the River Cour


  11 February 2015

Flows will be reintroduced to an area covering 6km along the River Cour (a tributary of the River Spean) following extensive work by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Rio Tinto Alcan to deliver significant environmental improvements to the water body.  
Scottish Environment Protection Agency appoints new CEO


  14 January 2015

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has appointed Terry A'Hearn as its next Chief Executive. Mr A’Hearn is currently CEO of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.