Media Releases : 2018

Scotland urged to be prepared for festive season flooding

  21 December 2018
As climate change exposes Scotland to rising sea levels and the promise of more frequent extreme weather events, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency is urging businesses and homeowners to be prepared for winter flooding over the festive season.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls for nationwide feedback on proposed regulation of finfish aquaculture as consultation deadline approaches

  13 December 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is encouraging anyone interested in shaping the regulation of fish farming in Scotland, to ensure they have their say by Monday, 24 December.  Read the full media release

SEPA sets our new plan to drive innovation across Scotland's metals sector

  10 December 2018
An action plan to help Scotland’s metals sector become an innovative and valued part of Scotland’s emerging circular economy, improve environmental compliance and stop illegal activity, has been launched today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Helping Scotland's landfill sector prepare for the future

  10 December 2018
An ambitious plan to drive environmental compliance at Scotland’s landfill sites, harness innovation and help the sector responsibly manage site closures and aftercare – as we transition to a circular economy focused on waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery – has been launched today by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Good VIBES for Scottish businesses supporting sustainable development

  15 November 2018
Businesses in Scotland are continuing to step up to increasing environmental challenges and yesterday (14 November) 10 Scottish companies were rewarded for their commitment to sustainability at the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.  Read the full media release

Scottish salmon farm medicine significantly impacting local marine environments as SEPA unveils firm, evidence-based proposals for a revised regulatory regime

  07 November 2018
Scottish salmon farm medicine is significantly impacting local marine environments. That is the conclusion of one of Scotland’s largest and most comprehensive marine research projects into aquaculture, undertaken by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

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

  25 October 2018
The latest Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE 23) has been published today (25 October 2018) and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland are still well within international dose limits.  Read the full media release

SEPA invites you to share your views on sector plan for oil and gas decommissioning

  12 October 2018
Everyone with an interest in the environment is being encouraged to share their views on SEPA’s sector plan for the emerging oil and gas decommissioning industry.   Read the full media release

SEPA invites you to help ensure Tyre Sector Plan is on the right track

  12 October 2018
Everyone with an interest in the environment is being encouraged to share their views on SEPA’s sector plans for tyres.  Read the full media release

Environmental compliance of Scottish business exceeds 90% for third year in a row

  05 October 2018
90.97% of Scottish regulated business sites assessed were compliant. Scotch Whisky distillers over 90% compliance for the fourth year in a row. 75 sites assessed as non-compliant for the last two years became compliant. 41 sites classified as ‘Very Poor’ in 2016 improved their compliance rating. 17 sites moved from ‘Very Poor’ to Compliant. 9 sites moved from ‘Very Poor’ to ‘Excellent’  Read the full media release

SEPA joins forces with UK agency and industry partners to drive out waste crime

  04 October 2018
Illegal cross-border waste haulage and disposal is the target of a series of new multi-agency interventions as part of the £3.8m LIFE SMART Waste project, which is led by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and co-funded by the European Union.  Read the full media release

River restoration project to reduce flood risk

  27 September 2018
An exciting new river restoration project designed to restore the Glazert Water to a more natural condition and minimise the likelihood of flooding in the River Kelvin Catchment downstream is one step closer.  Read the full media release

SEPA's Chief Executive calls on Tayside youngsters to share flooding knowledge

  25 September 2018
SEPA’s Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn, attended the Safe Taysiders event at Baluniefield Police Training Station in Dundee yesterday (Monday 24 September) to encourage young people to educate their friends and family on how they can be flood-prepared.  Read the full media release

Official Statistics’ Publication for Scotland - Household waste summary, Waste landfilled, Waste incinerated - January to December 2017

  25 September 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published Official Statistics today which provide detail of Household Waste collected across all Local Authorities during 2017, and for the first time as an official statistic, the carbon impact metric. This is a measure developed by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) of the whole-life carbon impacts of waste, from resource extraction and manufacturing emissions, right through to waste management emissions.   Read the full media release

Not so pretty vacant. Scottish Land Commission and SEPA target new uses for derelict and vacant land

  21 September 2018
Two of Scotland’s leading land and environment bodies have set their sights on finding ways to bring thousands of acres of derelict and vacant land back into productive use.   Read the full media release

New coastal flood warning schemes significantly enhance resilience of Scottish communities in face of climate change

  18 September 2018
In the face of rising sea levels and the promise of more frequent extreme weather events, the impact of climate change on Scotland’s most flood prone communities is projected to place over 169,000 homes and businesses at risk of flooding by 2080.  Read the full media release

A study of the fish population in Loch Ken is published

  11 September 2018
During 2016 and 2017, Galloway Fisheries Trust undertook a study of the fish, fisheries and anglers of Loch Ken. This was to assess the fish populations in the Loch and the extent to which angling around the loch assists the local economy.   Read the full media release

SEPA to end exemptions for burning farm plastics

  31 August 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced its next steps to stem the plastic tide by confirming it will end exemptions for burning most types of agricultural waste from 1 January 2019.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on construction industry to be aware of new licensing requirements

  27 August 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is urging the construction industry to ensure they have a licence and Pollution Prevention Plan before starting any new large construction projects from 1 September 2018.  Read the full media release

SEPA takes action on dust emissions from Dunbar site

  24 August 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued a warning letter to Tarmac Cement and Lime Limited following an investigation into dust in the Dunbar area.  Read the full media release

SEPA stresses importance of checking staff ID

  24 August 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding people in Perthshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling of the importance of checking staff credentials, after a homeowner in Greenloaning was visited by a man impersonating a SEPA officer.  Read the full media release

Keep Scotland Beautiful launches first wave of bathing water campaign

  16 July 2018
My Beach, Your Beach, Keep Scotland Beautiful's latest campaign to improve bathing waters at three well known beaches, was launched today.   Read the full media release

Malawian delegation visit reinforces 'one planet' approach to environmental regulation

  13 July 2018
The Malawian Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development visited SEPA’s Edinburgh office on Friday 13 July to discuss how partnership working through the Hydro Nation can help tackle the 21st century challenges facing our environment.  Read the full media release

2050 Climate Group joins SEPA in encouraging young people to get involved in flood conversation

  12 July 2018
The 2050 Climate Group has joined the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in calling on young people to take part in the national consultation to improve Scotland’s future flood risk management plans.  Read the full media release

Over 40 of Scotland's best green businesses announced as finalists for environmental awards

  12 July 2018
More than 40 of Scotland’s best green businesses have been announced as finalists for the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards in recognition of their commitment to tackling environmental challenges.  Read the full media release

Smart tech solution helps Scots fight flooding

  22 June 2018
Edinburgh-based inventor, Gary Martin, has pioneered a new high-tech solution to help people in flood risk areas developed through Scottish Government’s CivTech programme.   Read the full media release

Partnership boosts sustainability potential of Scotland’s waste water

  21 June 2018
Scotland’s sewage and solid organic waste can make a contribution to the country’s heat and power needs and contribute to further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, according to experts from Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.  Read the full media release

SEPA takes action to stop offensive odours from Blantyre site

  13 June 2018
SEPA has issued an enforcement notice to GP Green Recycling Limited following investigations into complaints from members of the public about odours from their composting operations on Newhousemill Road, Blantyre.  Read the full media release

SEPA and Health & Safety Executive announce joint investigation into Mossmorran complex at community meeting as operating permit variations to be served on operators

  08 June 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) & the Health and Safety Executive today (Friday 8th June 2018) announced a joint investigation into ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd and Shell UK Limited, the operators of the Mossmorran petrochemical plants in Fife.  Read the full media release

Scottish recycling, composting and re-use rockets past 60% milestone

  29 May 2018
Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published today (29th May 2018) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Scotland's bathing waters continue to meet strict environmental standards ahead of new season

  25 May 2018
As Scotland sizzles in the early summer sun, and with hundreds of thousands of Scottish families and visitors expected to head to our stunning coastlines for the bathing season (1st June – 15th September), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has revealed that 75 of the country’s 86 designated bathing waters (87%) meet strict environmental standards for water quality.   Read the full media release

Get authorisation for river and loch work and follow the rules to avoid £600 penalty

  23 May 2018
Carrying out engineering works in the water environment without authorisation from SEPA, or breaching authorisation conditions, will now result in a £600 Fixed Monetary Penalty. Both contractors and land owners/occupiers can be liable for penalties. Poor engineering can lead to land loss and increased susceptibility to soil erosion and flooding.  Read the full media release

Scotland's sustainable businesses leading the UK at European Awards

  10 May 2018
Scotland’s sustainable businesses will be leading the way for the UK on the European stage later this year with 10 out of the 11 UK businesses shortlisted for the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) from Scotland.  Read the full media release

SEPA calls on public to join national flood conversation

  01 May 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (Tuesday 1 May 2018) launched the start of a national conversation to improve Scotland’s future flood risk management plans.  Read the full media release

Last call to find Scotland’s Green Business Champions

  24 April 2018
The search for Scotland’s best green businesses is drawing to a close this week with just a few days remaining for companies to enter the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.   Read the full media release

Final warnings to Exxonmobil Chemical and Shell for environmental non-compliance

  19 April 2018
Petrochemical companies ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd and Shell UK Limited have been served with Final Warning Letters by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) following an enhanced unplanned flaring event at the Mossmorran complex in Fife, during June 2017.   Read the full media release

SEPA invites you to help shape Agency's first sector plans

  26 March 2018
Everyone with an interest in Scotland’s environment is being invited to have their say on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) sector plans for Scotch Whisky, metals and landfill.  Read the full media release

SEPA hoping to inspire young people into STEM careers during British Science Week

  16 March 2018
Inspiring young people to follow a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital to Scotland’s environmental regulator.  Read the full media release

SEPA CEO challenges business leaders to find the economic opportunities in environmental challenges

  15 March 2018
Business leaders were challenged by Scotland’s environment regulator today – change your mind set, face up to the scale of the environmental challenge facing us and understand how your business will help solve it while creating businesses success.  Read the full media release

SEPA waste crime team returns to Fort William to tackle flytipping

  15 March 2018
Officers from the Waste Crime Team of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) were in Fort William again this week to investigate, and help address, flytipping at an illegal site at Mount Alexander, Camaghael.  Read the full media release

Helping communities prepare more powerfully for flooding

  14 March 2018
As the piles of snow left over from “the Beast from the East” melted last week, causing surface water and rising rivers in several communities across Scotland, attention turned to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  Read the full media release

Scottish businesses urged to get green and boost their bottom line

  13 March 2018
Businesses in Scotland are being urged to act now to embrace the economic opportunity of sustainability by the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.  Read the full media release

Snow days don't stop SEPA protecting the environment

  02 March 2018
As “the Beast from the East” cast its wintry grip on Scotland this week, staff from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) worked above-and-beyond the call to safeguard Scotland’s environment and support local communities.   Read the full media release

Six year high in environmental performance by Scottish business

  15 February 2018
91.7% of Scottish regulated business sites assessed were compliant. 46.6% of sites assessed as non-compliant for two or more years became compliant. 66% of sites classified as ‘Very Poor’ improved their compliance rating. 11 sites were moved from ‘Very Poor’ to Excellent.  Read the full media release

Innovative new study to monitor Scotland’s water from space

  13 February 2018
Experts will use satellites to monitor the quality of water in Scotland’s lochs as part of a pioneering new project led by the University of Stirling.  Read the full media release

SEPA combats illegal flytipping in Fort William

  01 February 2018
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has responded to complaints of persistent flytipping at an illegal site in Fort William and is working with the local community to address the problem.  Read the full media release

Flooding forecast for parts of coastal Scotland

  02 January 2018
High tides combined with a large storm surge are expected throughout some coastal parts of Scotland late tonight (Tuesday 2nd January) into Wednesday (3rd January), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has today warned.   Read the full media release