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Scotland consults on enforcement changes

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has launched a consultation on its revised enforcement policy and associated tools.

It is part of public engagement on the powers granted to the agency under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, which include the ability to issue fixed and variable financial penalties and accept enforcement undertakings.

Sepa will also have powers to recover costs from some investigations.

Chief executive Terry A’Hearn said: “We are committed to implementing the new enforcement tools in a proportionate and transparent way, and stakeholder feedback on the proposed policy and guidance will help us to do this. 

“The new environmental enforcement framework will deter and punish actions which damage the environment, adversely impact communities and undermine legitimate businesses.”

The consultation will run until 22 October. The new powers would take effect after the Scottish Government makes an order later this year.

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