Scottish parliament agrees new growth duty for SEPA

Scotland’s regulatory reform bill has been passed by MSPs following its final parliamentary debate

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”.

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