Media Releases : 2016

Final reminder for 2016 water abstraction data returns

  20 December 2016
Licence holders who have abstracted water to irrigate their crops and fields during 2016, are being encouraged to submit data returns to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) before 31 December 2016.   Read the full media release

Environmental compliance published for 2015

  10 November 2016
Following the publishing of 2015 Compliance Assessment Scheme results on Thursday, 10 November, a number of minor amendments and corrections have been made to the published data (18 November). The amended data has been updated below and the original figures have been included under "Notes to Editor" for reference.   Read the full media release

Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report published

  27 October 2016
The latest Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE 21) has been published today (27 October, 2016) and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland are still well within international dose limits.  Read the full media release

Our Environment award celebrates innovative school kids

  27 October 2016
School kids from across Scotland gathered at the Scottish Parliament today (Thursday, 27 October 2016) to receive well deserved prizes for their entries to the 2016 Our Environment competition.   Read the full media release

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste - January to December 2015

  07 October 2016
This media release was originally published on 20th September 2016 and then updated on 7 October 2016 to incorporate an erratum to the original statistics. Details of the original statistics are specified in the Notes to Editors.  Read the full media release

SEPA unveils new waste to resources framework

  06 October 2016
A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), focussing on how SEPA will support a circular economy in Scotland.   Read the full media release

SEPA reports improvements in expected bathing water classifications for 2016 season

  30 September 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) expects that 72 of the 84 designated bathing waters across Scotland will meet the European water quality standards when confirmed classifications are issued by the EU in spring 2017.  Read the full media release

Greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish industry fall for third year in a row

  26 September 2016
The total emissions of six greenhouse gases (GHGs) from SEPA regulated industries fell again between 2014 and 2015, bringing the overall reduction since 2007 to 34%.  Read the full media release

SEPA publishes new strategy for 21st Century regulation

  08 August 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today published its new strategy for regulation, aimed at enabling the agency to tackle the 21st Century challenges facing Scotland’s environment.  Read the full media release

SEPA and NFU Scotland agree on measures to protect farmland

  15 June 2016
The severe flooding experienced in many parts of Scotland last winter caused damage to homes, businesses and farmland throughout the country. Immediately after the floods, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) worked closely with the farming community to help them undertake repair works as quickly and easily as possible.   Read the full media release

Scotland welcomes INTERPOL to Glasgow for week of waste crime action

  05 June 2016
As the World celebrates World Environment Day, Scotland is gearing up to welcome representatives from across the globe to Glasgow for a week of tackling environmental crime.  Read the full media release

New bathing water classifications to be displayed at Scotland's beaches this season

  19 May 2016
A total of 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters have been confirmed as achieving the new, much stricter, European water quality standards.  Read the full media release

SEPA clamps down on waste crime with upcoming days of action

  11 May 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is leading three days of action between the 17 and 19 May, aimed at tackling cross border criminal activity in the waste industry.   Read the full media release

Responsibility for reservoir safety transferred to SEPA

  01 April 2016
From today (1 April, 2016) responsibility for the regulation of Scotland’s reservoirs has now transferred to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).   Read the full media release

New waste tyre regulations come into force

  29 March 2016
Tough new licensing rules, which will help the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to crack down on illegitimate waste tyre operators, come into effect tomorrow (30 March 2016).  Read the full media release

SEPA warns drivers to steer clear of illegal waste operators

  24 March 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on drivers to be aware of their responsibilities and ensure their vehicles are disposed of legally.  Read the full media release

SEPA publishes guidance on natural flood management

  21 January 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a new handbook to help local authorities and landowners implement natural flood management measures.   Read the full media release

International recognition of SEPA's enforcement work on environmental crime

  14 January 2016
Fines totalling a record £284,400 were handed down to companies and individuals in the last financial year as a result of criminal cases instigated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

SEPA publishes 'Sustainability report'

  13 January 2016
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has exceeded targets for reducing its waste, significantly cut gas consumption across its estate and, for the sixth consecutive year, put the brakes on its travel and transport emissions, according to a new report which has been published today (13 January 2016).  Read the full media release

SEPA is here to help farmers and land managers repair flood damage

  07 January 2016
Following the severe impacts of recent flooding in Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is keen to remind farmers and land managers that help and advice is always available to those who need to carry out essential repair work to bridges, banks, roads etc. near and in rivers.   Read the full media release