The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is planning to increase charges for regulating waste, water, PPC and nuclear sites in Scotland.
The changes, outlined in a new consultation, will help SEPA recover the full costs of enforcing environmental regulation.
Over the past six years, SEPA’s charges have increased by much less than inflation: 8.4% compared with 20.3% for the UK retail price index.
The consultation says SEPA has so far managed to avoid significant price hikes because of “efficiency gains”, which include staff losses. Charges in previous years have been frozen.