Plans for Scottish environment agency

Proposals for a Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) were unveiled by the Scottish Office on 20 January.1

The SEPA will be separate from the Environment Agency for England and Wales on which the Government consulted in October (ENDS Report 201, pp 27-8). A Bill to establish both agencies is expected in the autumn if the Conservatives are re-elected.

The Government's proposals for the SEPA are different from those for the Environment Agency in several respects. The SEPA will bring together the river purification authorities (RPAs), the central

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