Scotland gets ahead on new water environment controls

The biggest overhaul of Scotland's water environment law in more than three decades was kicked off in April with a consultation paper from the Scottish Executive.1 Its cornerstone is a new three-tier system of risk-based controls on potentially damaging activities. There will be a several-fold expansion in the number of activities requiring some form of authorisation. Scotland is again ahead of the rest of the UK in implementing the EU water framework Directive - and the Executive's argument for doing so early is starkly at odds with Whitehall's idea of what best serves national competitiveness.

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