Dischargers under pressure as Scottish compliance lags

Scotland's River Purification Boards (RPBs) are bringing growing pressure to bear on sewerage undertakers and industrial dischargers to improve their poor record of compliance with consent conditions. But their efforts are being thwarted by the Procurators Fiscal, who bring prosecutions on their behalf but generally lack the expertise to handle environmental cases.

The RPBs' latest annual reports show that average compliance with consents for both sewage and trade effluents is well below 75% (see table ). Similar figures are not produced by the National Rivers Authority, although the compliance rate for sewage works in England and Wales was 94% in 1991.

Much of the poor performance of sewage works is due to t

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