Environmental law

New Environmental Enforcement Framework - Consultation on New Enforcement Measures for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Relevant Offences Order

This consultation invites further comments from stakeholders on the design and use of the new enforcement measures available to SEPA. The consultation sets out the potential design and use of the new enforcement measures for SEPA and outlines a number of safeguards to be built in to the new framework. It also includes the relevant offences Orders for the new enforcement measures, the new sentencing options and additional powers for the Criminal Courts and vicarious liability.

Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 - Consultation - Registration, Charging, Risk designation and associated aspects

This consultation paper sets out proposals for the commencement of key parts of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011. The measures will see the creation of a new register of controlled reservoirs by SEPA and put in place the framework for the risk designation process.

Scottish Landfill Tax : A Consultation on Subordinate Legislation

This consultation asks for views on the draft subordinate legislation on Scottish Landfill Tax and ways in which the tax can operate effectively and efficiently in Scotland.

Consultation on Statutory Guidance on the General Purpose for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and its Contribution Towards Sustainable Development

This consultation invites views on the Statutory Guidance on the General Purpose for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and its contribution towards sustainable development. The draft statutory guidance has been developed by the Scottish Government as a result of the new general purpose inserted into the Environment Act 1995 by the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

Consultation on Opencast Coal Restoration and Effective Regulation

This consultation seeks views on more effective regulation to secure restoration at existing and future (opencast) coal mines where coaling is incomplete and for future sites including extensions.

Implementing the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 - Environmental Standards for the Water Environment

This consultation proposes new and updated environmental standards for Scotland‟s water environment. Scottish ministers intend to direct the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to apply these standards in river basin management planning and to guide action to protect Scotland‟s water environment.