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Media Releases : 2019

Landmark agreement launched to create exemplar new town at Shawfair


  19 December 2019

Sustainable Growth Agreement signed by SEPA, Midlothian Council and Shawfair is the first of its kind in the planning and construction sector to encourage collaboration and partnership working.  
SEPA Mossmorran investigation in final stages as agency’s regulation drives investment to make flaring 'the exception rather than routine'


  19 December 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (19 December 2019) updated stakeholders on the progress of its regulatory investigation into 'unacceptable' flaring by ExxonMobil Chemical Limited during Easter 2019.  
Supporting Scottish farmers on water abstraction returns


  18 December 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency today (Wednesday 18 December 2019) confirmed that Scottish farmers and landowners who hold a water abstraction licence would have until 31 January 2020 to submit annual returns.  
Appointment of the Members of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency


  18 December 2019

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, today announced the appointment of Craig Hume, Julie Hutchison, Dr Harpreet Kohli and Philip Matthews as Members of the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  
Scottish businesses celebrate sustainability success at 20th VIBES Awards


  14 November 2019

Scotland’s commitment to tackling increasing environmental challenges has been celebrated with twelve companies being recognised for their commitment to sustainability at the 20th VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards.  
Vote for Scotland’s best sustainable business in the 20th VIBES awards


  07 November 2019

Time is running out to vote in Scotland’s best-known green awards scheme. Since their inception in 1999, the VIBES Scottish Environment Business Awards have recognised more than 150 businesses that have taken significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment, often saving money in the process.  
Radioactivity in Food and the Environment 2018 report shows all levels and concentrations of radioactivity continue to be well within dose limits


  24 October 2019

The latest Radioactivity in Food and the Environment Report (RIFE 24) has been published today (24 October 2019) and shows that doses of radioactivity received by people in Scotland remain well within international dose limits.  
Next steps consultation on regulation of finfish aquaculture sector


  03 October 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (3 October, 2019) launched a public consultation to inform the next steps in regulation of the finfish aquaculture sector.  
Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Household waste summary, waste landfilled, waste incinerated (Jan-Dec 2018)


  17 September 2019

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) statisticians have published Official Statistics today (17 September 2019) which provide detail of Household Waste collected across all Local Authorities during 2018.  
Pupils hope to encourage a flood of volunteers to sign up with SEPA to measure rainfall


  16 September 2019

SEPA is looking for volunteer rainfall observers to collect data daily at around 9am and submit the information online. There are currently 134 rainfall observers across Scotland who play an important part in collecting this valuable data for SEPA.  
SEPA publishes strategic vision for environmental regulation of the finfish aquaculture sector


  03 September 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (3 September 2019) published its strategic vision for environmental regulation of the Finfish Aquaculture sector.  
Commitment of companies at the forefront of Scottish environmental change recognised


  29 July 2019

The hard work and commitment of companies at the forefront of environmental change in Scotland has today (29 July 2019) been recognised by the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.  
2030 vision for River Leven Catchment outlined as Scottish Environment Protection Agency partnership ‘locks in’ sustainable, inclusive growth ahead of Earth Overshoot Day


  26 July 2019

A 2030 vision for the River Leven Catchment was outlined today (26 July 2019) as a Scottish Environment Protection Agency partnership ‘locks in’ sustainable, inclusive growth to the Leven Programme Partnership.  
Exceptional board leaders required for Scotland's environment protection agency as Chair, Bob Downes, reappointed


  19 June 2019

Exceptional board leaders are required to help transform Scotland’s environment protection agency (SEPA) as a recruitment campaign for four new board members is launched. The recruitment comes as the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, today announced the reappointment of Bob Downes as Chair of the Board.  
SEPA’s new finfish aquaculture regulatory framework


  04 June 2019

A new firm, evidence-based regulatory framework has been introduced for Scotland’s finfish aquaculture sector by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), one of a number of organisations regulating the sector. The framework will further strengthen the protection of the marine environment for the people of Scotland.  
More of Scotland’s bathing waters rated as ‘excellent’ as the 2019 season begins


  31 May 2019

With hundreds of thousands of Scottish families and visitors expected to head to Scotland’s beaches for the bathing season (1 June – 15 September), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has revealed that more of the country’s 86 designated bathing waters are meeting the ‘excellent’ classification rating (32%).  
North East schools and environmental groups gather to become more sustainable


  31 May 2019

International School Aberdeen (ISA) hosted this year’s United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Conference on Thursday 30th May.  
BBC Panorama response


  20 May 2019

On 20th May 2019, BBC One’s flagship investigations documentary ‘Panorama’ will focus on the Scottish salmon industry. The Panorama programme, entitled ‘Salmon Farming Exposed’, will examine the environmental performance and practices of the industry. It also looks at the regulatory oversight of the industry, including SEPA’s role.  
SEPA invites Elgin and Forres locals to learn about the new and improved flood warnings for River Findhorn and River Lossie


  15 May 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on locals in Elgin and Forres to get flood-prepared by attending a special drop-in session on the new and improved flood warnings for the River Findhorn and River Lossie.  
Get a better understanding of watercourses with OS MasterMap Water Network


  01 May 2019

Ordnance Survey (OS), the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have collaborated to bring together a nationally consistent view of Great Britain’s watercourses called OS MasterMap Water Network.  
Mossmorran flaring community update


  27 April 2019

On Saturday, 27 April, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency was informed by ExxonMobil Chemical Limited that elevated flaring had ceased. Exxon further advised ground flaring was continuing ‘above normal levels’ for a ‘short period’*.  
SEPA launches formal regulatory investigation into ExxonMobil Chemical Limited Easter 2019 unplanned flaring as complaints exceed 600


  25 April 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has today (25 April 2019) announced a formal regulatory investigation into the ongoing flaring from ExxonMobil Chemical Limited at the Mossmorran petrochemical plant in Fife.  
Last chance to find Scotland's green business champions


  23 April 2019

The search for Scotland’s best green businesses is drawing to a close with just a few weeks remaining to enter the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards and companies across Scotland are being encouraged to enter.  
Independent review of SEPA fish farm survey report on environmental impact of medicine use on Scotland’s seabed published in international journal


  10 April 2019

Detailed analysis produced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) into the impact of fish farm medicines on Scotland’s seabed has been validated by environmental experts and accepted for publication in the multi-disciplinary, international journal, ‘Science of the Total Environment’.  
VIBES Awards urge Scottish businesses to become sustainable leaders and boost growth


  28 March 2019

Scotland’s businesses are being encouraged to become world leaders in sustainability and embrace the economic opportunities that environmental changes can bring.  
Official Statistics Publication for Scotland - Waste from all sources


  26 March 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published Official Statistics today (26 March 2019) which provide details of waste from households, construction and demolition, and commerce and industry.  
Tyre Safety Campaign aims to drive out Scotland’s illegal dealers


  20 March 2019

Drivers buying second hand tyres are being warned to check that they are legal and have passed the relevant safety checks.  
SEPA supporting Scottish farmers to do the right thing and avoid penalties for environmental impacts


  15 March 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on farmers, land managers and contractors, to contact their local SEPA office before starting river engineering projects after a farming partnership was served with a £600 penalty.  
SEPA supporting land managers to do the right thing and avoid penalties for environmental impacts


  15 March 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is calling on land managers and contractors to ensure they have an authorisation before undertaking river engineering works after a housing developer was served with a £600 penalty.  
The £1 Billion Challenge: Scottish Conservation Finance Project aims to drive significant investment into Scotland’s natural environment


  28 February 2019

An ambitious new initiative aims to pioneer new ways of funding nature conservation in Scotland through the launch of the £1 Billion Challenge.  
Next steps to ensure Mossmorran compliance announced by SEPA


  27 February 2019

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has completed its investigation into a number of unplanned flaring events at the Mossmorran Complex during 2017 and 2018.  
£2,412.81 fine for illegal landfill site in Penicuik


  25 February 2019

A waste management company was fined £612.81 and two of senior staff £900 each on 18 February 2019 for illegally disposing of waste at a site in Penicuik.  
Action against flooding


  06 February 2019

Communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £700,000 additional funding to improve flood protection.  
20 years of good VIBES: Scottish Environment Business Awards celebrates 20th anniversary


  31 January 2019

As Scotland continues to focus on improving its environmental performance, the VIBES – Scottish Environmental Business Awards is celebrating those that have helped to make a difference since the awards were launched 20 years ago.  
January’s the perfect time to sign up to North East coast flood warning service


  25 January 2019

Nearly half of all flooding events along Scotland’s North East coast have historically taken place in January, according to recent analysis for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  
Scottish business urged to have its say on SEPA's next nine sector plans


  23 January 2019

Scottish businesses across agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure are being urged to have their say on nine ‘sector plans’ currently out for consultation by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  
Vision to revitalise River Leven communities secures major investment


  21 January 2019

A project to revitalise the River Leven in Fife as a great regional asset has received more than £300,000 in funding.  
Scotland’s dry cleaning sector improves its environmental performance


  16 January 2019

Dry cleaners in Scotland are improving their environmental performance following the introduction of fixed monetary penalties by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).  
Greenhouse gases from Scottish industry at a 10 year low


  07 January 2019

Greenhouse gases emitted by Scottish industry continue to fall, according to the latest annual mass pollutant releases published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).