The level of enforcement action against companies breaching environmental rules in Scotland in 2015/16 hit a five-year low, according to the regulator’s latest figures.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) annual enforcement report, published on 9 December, shows it carried out 208 enforcement actions for environmental offences last year compared with 293 in 2014/15.
Just 21 cases were referred to the procurator fiscal in 2015/16, also representing a five-year low. SEPA also handed out a record low 76 statutory notices. And it sent out 111 final warning letters - 30 less than in 2014/15.