Here you will find a complete list of the news SEPA has released. If you are a journalist and require any further information on any of the items or other environmental matters, please contact a member of our Communications Department:

SEPA News Releases - 2014

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  • Update on Dounreay sampling - Friday, 15 Aug 2014
    On Thursday 10 July, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) notified SEPA of the detection of a small quantity of radioactivity in a sample of sludge taken from a manhole within a foul drain system, outwith and upstream of the Dounreay site.
  • Flooding statement - 8 August 12.35 - Monday, 11 Aug 2014
    Heavy and persistent rainfall has resulted in a number of surface water flood problems, including property flooding and transport issues, across the North East of Scotland.
  • SEPA CEO to stand down - Friday, 01 Aug 2014
    The Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Professor James Curran, is to stand down early next year.


  • SEPA transfers licences for six former coal sites - Thursday, 24 Jul 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has transferred environmental licences for six former opencast coal sites to a new operator, Mines Restoration Limited (MRL).
  • Statement re Dounreay sampling - Thursday, 24 Jul 2014
    On Thursday 10 July, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) notified SEPA of the detection of a small quantity of radioactivity in a sample of sludge.
  • Stirling initiative receives prestigious planning award - Friday, 04 Jul 2014
    A Stirlingshire project has been recognised for its innovative approach to local engagement and decision making with an Award for Planning Excellence from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which was officially presented on Monday 23 June.
  • Love at first sight for volunteers - Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014
    A new matchmaking service for volunteers looking for opportunities to get involved in environmental projects with local voluntary groups has been launched today (2 July 2014).


  • Loch Ken drop-in event for North American crayfish - Monday, 30 Jun 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is holding a drop-in session on Saturday 5 July, 2014 at the Cross Keys Hotel in New Galloway, to answer questions regarding the issue of North American signal crayfish in Loch Ken.
  • SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - Friday, 20 Jun 2014
    SEPA is aware of complaints from members the public regarding offensive odours in the Erskine area and has identified the source of the odours as originating from a sewage sludge storage activity at Drumcross Farm.
  • Edinburgh salvage yard owner fined for oil pollution - Friday, 13 Jun 2014
    The owner of a Newbridge salvage yard was fined £8,000 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (12 June 2014) after a tributary of the River Almond was polluted with oil from the site.
  • State of Scotland’s environment outlined in new report - Thursday, 05 Jun 2014
    On the whole, Scotland’s environment is of good quality and there have been many significant improvements in recent years. However, the 2014 State of the Environment Report clearly shows that some habitats and species are under threat...
  • Scottish Water fined £12,000 for pollution of Purgatory Burn - Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014
    Scottish Water received a £12,000 fine on Friday 30 May, 2014, after the company pled guilty to a series of uncontrolled sewage discharges into the Purgatory Burn near Kirkintilloch, between 6 March and 25 June, 2013.
  • Scotland’s bathing water season starts - Monday, 02 Jun 2014
    Collieston in Aberdeenshire became Scotland’s 84th designated bathing water yesterday (1 June) as the country’s official bathing water season began.


  • SEPA funded barrier removal improves fish migration - Friday, 23 May 2014
    As part of World Fish Migration Day 2014, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is highlighting the importance of work to remove historic barriers from rivers and lochs which impact on Scotland’s migrating fish populations.
  • Month long survey to map Scotland’s marine environment - Monday, 19 May 2014
    Marine ecologists and oceanography experts from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have today (19 May) embarked on a four week survey as part of ongoing work to improve scientific understanding of Scotland’s natural marine environment.


  • Explore your inner citizen scientist - Monday, 07 Apr 2014
    Science Needs You! will show budding scientists aged 14 and over how to get involved in real research, without having to set foot in a lab.
  • SEPA at the Dart Energy Inquiry - Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014
    As Scotland’s environmental regulator, SEPA fielded a number of experts to provide information to the Scottish Government Reporters who are conducting the ongoing planning inquiry into the Dart Energy proposals for coal bed methane extraction near Airth.


  • Statement re Dounreay - Thursday, 13 Mar 2014
    SEPA was informed by Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) yesterday (12 March) that there had been a small on-site fire, involving low-level waste, within the Equipment Maintenance and Decontamination Facility.
  • Compliance with new waste regulations “encouraging” - Thursday, 06 Mar 2014
    A series of unannounced inspections by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has found that current levels of compliance with the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations are encouragingly high amongst urban businesses.
  • SEPA vows to help Scotland address the climate change 'challenge' - Monday, 03 Mar 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has marked the start of Climate Week 2014 today (3 March 2014) with the launch of a new plan to guide the Agency’s work in helping to deliver a lower carbon, more resilient Scotland.


  • the rules on river management in Scotland - Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014
    Constructive talks were held when NFUS President, Nigel Miller, met with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) Chairman, David Sigsworth, and representatives of the Scottish Government on a recent visit to Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Great prizes on offer for young people’s ideas - Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014
    What do you really care about in your local environment? That’s the question being posed on the Scotland’s Environment Website, in a competition which gives young Scots a chance to air their views.
  • Floodline number changes - Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) delivers flood warnings in Scotland through Floodline, which operates in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Illegal dumping of oil drums – Appeal for information - Monday, 03 Feb 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is appealing for information as part of an investigation into the illegal dumping of oil drums between the A9 and Tibbermore on the outskirts of Perth last week.


  • Flooding situation - - Friday, 31 Jan 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding people to check the potential flooding situation in their area, as Scotland experiences more wet and windy weather today and over the weekend.
  • Ayrshire company fined £12,000 for River Ayr whisky pollution - Thursday, 23 Jan 2014
    Scotland’s environment watchdog is warning companies of the importance of ensuring the environmental risks their operations may have are explored and steps taken to prevent pollution, and that their staff are adequately trained to deal with any issues.
  • Welcome Progress at Dalgety Bay - Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014
    Today, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the Outline Management Options report, prepared by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
  • Scottish Water fined £10,000 for Clackmannanshire pollution - Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014
    Scottish Water was fined £10,000 at Alloa Sheriff Court yesterday (20 January 2014) for two pollution incidents in 2011 in Clackmannanshire that, between them, resulted in the pollution of the River Devon and the Goudnie Burn.
  • Flooding update - Sunday, 19 Jan 2014
    Heavy rain over the last 36 hours has caused rivers to rise throughout the north east of Scotland. We are concerned about river levels in Brechin.
  • SEPA targets flooding with new 'milestone' maps - Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014
    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has today (Wednesday 15 January) published the most comprehensive national source of data on flood hazard and risk for Scotland.
  • SEPA welcomes new Board members - Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014
    Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has today (7 January) announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
  • Flood outlook - 17:00 - Monday, 06 Jan 2014
    Heavy showers will continue to cross the country during the rest of Monday (6 January)...
  • Flooding update at 1230 - Sunday, 05 Jan 2014
    Following a more settled spell overnight, river levels have receded slightly but remain high. This means that rivers are likely to be responsive to more rain.
  • Flooding update – 14.00 - Saturday, 04 Jan 2014
    There are no serious flooding impacts at present but a close watch is being kept on the potential for coastal flooding around high water on the East coast this afternoon from 16.00 to 17.00.
  • Flood Outlook statement (15:00) - Friday, 03 Jan 2014
    “The strong winds forecast for today will create a sizeable tidal surge this afternoon which, combined with high astronomic tides, is likely to result in significant coastal flooding impacts around the Solway Firth, Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Lochaber.
  • Flood outlook - 14:30 - Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014
    Rainfall will cause river levels to rise in Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Central Scotland, Tayside and Angus during Wednesday afternoon and evening.