Extension to SEPA’s regulatory fee cuts

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has made extensions to the cuts in regulatory fees it proposed last month (ENDS Report 407, p 49 ).1 The extensions were announced through Directions issued by the Scottish Government in early January.1

Fees for registering permits under the Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Other Dangerous Substances) (Scotland) Scheme 2008 have been eliminated. Income from these amounts to only a few thousand pounds per annum.

The few remaining sites that hold integrated pollution control (IPC) permits will be treated in the same way as integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) sites. Application, variation, transfer and surrender fees under the IPC charging scheme have been abolished.

Application and variation fees for the Air Pollution Control Fees and Charges (Scotland) Scheme 2008 permits have also been scrapped in accordance with the original proposals.

No date for reinstatement of charges has been given, but the original date set was April 2009.

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