Media Releases : 2017

SEPA Deputy Chair awarded OBE

  30 December 2017
Scottish Environment Protection Agency Deputy Chair, Professor Lesley Sawers, was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honors List 2018, announced on 29th December 2017.  Read the full media release

First major Enforcement Undertaking secures more than £280,000 of environmental benefits for communities impacted by AWPR pollution

  21 December 2017
Over £280,000 has been committed to community projects and environmental improvements across Aberdeenshire, following the use of a new enforcement power by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to accept an offer of an enforcement undertaking.  Read the full media release

Illegal waste dump cleared in time for Christmas, says SEPA

  20 December 2017
The last remaining material has been removed from an illegal waste crime site in Newton Mearns, which earlier this year wreaked havoc on neighbouring communities.  Read the full media release

Stay flood prepared over the festive period

  19 December 2017
79,220 residential properties are at risk from flooding in Scotland, and with the festive season fast approaching, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding communities to stay prepared in case flooding occurs.   Read the full media release

Day of action to tackle serious and organised crime in Scotland

  12 December 2017
On Friday 8 December, agencies throughout Scotland took part in a day of action focussing on deterring and disrupting serious and organised crime on the Scottish transport networks.  Read the full media release

Crimestoppers charity asks public to speak up anonymously about illegal warehouse dumping

  04 December 2017
Independent charity Crimestoppers is today launching a campaign encouraging the public and waste industry to speak up anonymously about illegal waste dumped in warehouses.   Read the full media release

INTERPOL recognises international initiatives to tackle environmental crime

  01 December 2017
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), established in 1998 with the mission of protecting the world's last wild places and endangered species, has been recognised for its efforts on the issues of environmental crime at the inaugural award ceremony of the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC), hosted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Edinburgh.  Read the full media release

SEPA’s pragmatic approach to the problem of slurry spreading

  27 November 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has committed to working with Scottish land managers impacted by prolonged rainfall, waterlogged ground conditions and the storage of excess slurry.  Read the full media release

UK and Irish regulators united on tackling resource efficiency and waste management

  16 November 2017
The UK and Ireland’s environmental regulators have strengthened their collaboration on driving resource efficiency and tackling criminality within the waste industry, following a summit in Edinburgh today (17 November, 2017) hosted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).   Read the full media release

Roseanna Cunningham MSP marks the return of flow to the River Garry

  30 October 2017
Salmon now have access to the River Garry in Perthshire for the first time in over 60 years, following a landmark agreement between energy company SSE, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) to allow water to flow again from one of SSE’s hydropower dams.   Read the full media release

SPRI shows continuing overall decline in greenhouse gases from Scottish industry

  26 October 2017
The closure of Longannet Power Station was the largest contributor to a 29% decrease in Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Scottish industrial sites in 2016.  Read the full media release

Radioactivity in the environment report shows all levels and concentrations of radioactivity well within dose limits

  19 October 2017
The latest Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE 22) has been published today (19 October, 2017) and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland are still well within international dose limits.  Read the full media release

New consultations invite you to get involved in shaping 21st century Scottish environment regulations

  28 September 2017
Everyone with an interest in Scotland’s environment, health & wellbeing, and economy is being encouraged to take part in important consultations that will shape the future of environmental regulation.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on businesses to take action on recycling or face the penalties

  27 September 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on businesses across Scotland to meet their duty to recycle now or they could potentially receive a £300 Fixed Monetary Penalty (FMP).   Read the full media release

Official Statistics’ Publication for Scotland - Household waste summary, Waste landfilled, Waste incinerated - January to December 2016

  26 September 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published Official Statistics today which provide detail of Household Waste collected across all Local Authorities, and for the first time, Waste Landfilled and Waste incinerated in Scotland during 2016.  Read the full media release

Opportunity opens for two new members to join SEPA’s Board

  25 September 2017
An exciting opportunity to join the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has opened today (Monday, 25 September), with Scottish Ministers looking to appoint two Non-Executive members from 1 January 2018.  Read the full media release

SEPA invites locals to learn about new flood warning scheme for Airth

  25 September 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood aware by attending a special drop-in session on the launch of the new flood warning scheme for Airth on Tuesday 3 October – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the free Floodline service in Scotland.   Read the full media release

SEPA invites locals to learn about the new River Garnock flood warning scheme

  18 September 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood aware by attending a special drop-in session on the flood warning scheme for the River Garnock on Wednesday 27 September – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the free Floodline service in Scotland.   Read the full media release

Appeal for information: Flytipping of demolition waste and asbestos roofing sheets in Wood of Auchenhalrig, Tynet

  22 August 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into alleged flytipping of demolition waste and asbestos roofing sheets in the Buckie area.  Read the full media release

Charging and Compliance consultations now live for public feedback

  14 August 2017
Proposals which will help to further develop permit charging and assessing environmental compliance have been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (14 August, 2017) in two consultations for public feedback.   Read the full media release

Entrepreneurial partnership launched to tackle Scotland’s waste tyres

  02 August 2017
A major new strategic partnership has been announced today (02 August, 2017) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Entrepreneurial Scotland, aimed at eliminating the problem of waste tyres as an environmental issue in Scotland.  Read the full media release

New data shows need for work to reduce contamination in the recycling stream

  27 July 2017
Contamination of waste being sent to Scotland’s material recovery facilities (MRFs) is hindering Scotland’s ability to maximise the quantity and quality of material available from recycling, according to a report published today (27 July) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

SEPA's third Sustainable Growth Agreement signed with young environmental leaders, the 2050 Climate Group

  06 July 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has signed its third Sustainable Growth Agreement today (6 July) with environmental youth organisation, the 2050 Climate Group, at a launch event in Edinburgh.   Read the full media release

Proposals to strengthen regulation of finfish aquaculture outlined in new SEPA consultation

  26 June 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (26 June 2017) announced proposals for the future regulation of fish farming in Scotland, and is inviting comment on its plans for the sector.  Read the full media release

Scotland's bathing water season begins

  01 June 2017
Scotland’s new bathing water season will begin today (1 June 2017) with the good news that 87% of Scotland’s bathing waters have achieved strict European water quality standards.  Read the full media release

Edinburgh charity, Venture Trust, signs Scotland’s second Sustainable Growth Agreement

  25 May 2017
A second Sustainable Growth Agreement has been signed today (Thursday, 25 May) between SEPA and Venture Trust at its National Participation Centre in Stirling, in a further commitment to helping create environmental success, which also delivers social and economic benefits for Scotland.   Read the full media release

SEPA urges locals to sign up to new flood warning scheme for River Garnock

  23 March 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood-prepared by signing up to the new flood warning scheme for the River Garnock – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the Floodline service in Scotland.  Read the full media release

SEPA invites locals to learn about new flood warning scheme for the River Cree in Newton Stewart

  21 March 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood aware by attending a special drop-in session on the launch of the new flood warning scheme for the River Cree on Thursday 30 March – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the free Floodline service in Scotland.  Read the full media release

Scotland’s first Sustainable Growth Agreement signed by Stirling business

  20 March 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has signed Scotland’s first Sustainable Growth Agreement today (Monday, 20 March) at a launch event with Stirling-based manufacturer, Superglass Insulation Limited.   Read the full media release

SEPA urges locals to sign up to new flood warning scheme for Loch Lomond and River Leven

  16 March 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals to get flood-prepared by signing up to the new flood warning scheme for Loch Lomond and River Leven – and join thousands of people who already benefit from the Floodline service in Scotland.  Read the full media release

Project to bring nature back to the River Tyne

  14 March 2017
Communities along the River Tyne will have the opportunity to help migrating fish such as salmon and sea trout return to the headwaters of the river as part of an ambitious new project being led by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

SEPA publishes plans to deliver flood warning service over next 5 years

  08 February 2017
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched its Flood Warning Development Framework for 2017 – 2021 at Scotland’s annual Flood Risk Management Conference today (Wednesday 8 February).  Read the full media release

Air quality exhibit demonstrates importance of cleaner air for Scotland

  18 January 2017
The launch of an innovative experience at the Glasgow Science Centre seeks to reinforce the importance of urban air quality for school children and the public, as part of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) journey towards cleaner air for Scotland.   Read the full media release