A new charging scheme designed to improve the environmental performance of all regulated sectors of business and industry in Scotland has been announced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The new scheme will come into force on 1 April 2016.
Details of how the new scheme will affect fee payers are being issued, by letter, to all authorisation holders.
The new scheme replaces five of the existing charging schemes covering waste, waste exemptions, pollution prevention and control (PPC), holding of radioactive substances, activities regulated under the Controlled Activities Regulations (eg water discharges and water abstractions).
The new scheme will introduce a consistent and equitable package of charges for licence applications and annual charges, which will recover the costs of processing applications and undertaking our regulatory work.
Developing the scheme
The new Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme was consulted upon during 2015 and the consultation feedback used to develop the final scheme which was subsequently approved by the SEPA Board.
The results of the consultation, including respondent contributions and our responses, are available on the SEPA website. Detailed guidance on the scheme is also available on line.
The new charging scheme is part of our programme of regulatory reform. It will help us deliver our new approach to protecting and improving the environment in ways which, as far as possible, also help create health and well-being benefits and sustainable economic growth. Other measures include a new regulatory framework and new enforcement powers.