Scotland consults on integrated authorisation framework

Draft legislation pulling together the regulation of water, waste and industrial emissions and radioactive substances has been published

An engineer holds a depleted high activity sealed source of alpha particles. Photograph: Michelle Gigante

The end of Scotland’s long path to more cohesive environmental regulation is a step closer.

Draft legislation and guidance on its integrated authorisation framework (IAF) were opened for consultation by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish government on 28 September. The move follows an earlier consultation on the structure of the regime, opened in January, although its origins can be traced back to 2010.

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