The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will soon have a duty to support sustainable economic growth when a new law is enacted.
The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill was approved by a majority of 93 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) following its third and final debate on 16 January. Two MSPs voted against and one abstained.
The bill introduces a new risk-based structure for environmental regulation and gives SEPA greater enforcement powers. It also gives SEPA a new duty to “contribute to achieving… sustainable economic growth”.