The corporate plan, due to be published in May, is the first from SEPA to look forward three years, in line with the Government’s spending review.
The objectives will be refined in the light of site-specific assessments, assisted by a national water monitoring strategy to be launched by the end of 2006. The strategy will assess the impact of all the activities - pollution inputs, water resource use and engineering - which SEPA will regulate.
A six-month transition to a new regime for discharge consents and abstractions will begin in October, and from next year SEPA will begin setting conditions for implementation by 2012 to ensure that the Directive’s requirements are met.
A new "framework" for priority non-municipal wastes will include the following schedule:
Other initiatives in regulatory policy will include a three-year strategy for "delivering more effective regulation", due this year alongside a review of enforcement policy.