SEPA enforcement action dips to five-year low

The Scottish environment regular says it carried out less enforcement last year because firms are becoming more compliant. But fines were significantly lower than in England

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.

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