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Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 and supporting guidance

Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 and supporting guidance

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Scottish Government have published consultation documents for the next stages of the journey to an integrated authorisation framework - designed to bring real benefits to the environment, communities, businesses, and SEPA itself.

This consultation is in two parts:


Summary of the key points

The integrated authorisation framework will bring together environmental authorisations relating to water, waste, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. The regulations will standardise, simplify and streamline the process for complying with environmental legislation in Scotland, providing clarity for businesses about the authorisations they need and what is required of them to comply - and a better understanding for communities about how we will regulate the sites they live beside.

This consultation seeks the views of stakeholders on the regulations which will put in place common procedures, and invites comments on the technical provisions related to radioactive substances.

SEPA is also consulting on draft SEPA guidance that will support the implementation of the regulations, in particular:

  1. A ‘Public Participation Statement’ - how SEPA will involve you in its decisions on environmental authorisations.
  2. Guidance on who can hold an authorisation - ensuring only legitimate individuals and businesses that take their environmental responsibilities seriously are given an authorisation in the first place.
  3. An Authorisation Guide setting out how the integrated authorisation framework will apply to the management of radioactive substances.


How to respond

You can also respond by sending your views and comments on the proposals in this paper to the following address:

Wendy Thornton, Regulatory Reform Manager

SEPA 3rd Floor Silvan House 231 Corstorphine Road Edinburgh EH12 7AT

E-mail: change@sepa.org.uk


Responses should be submitted to us by 23 November 2017. Earlier responses would be welcome.

If responding by post or email, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form with your response.

If you ask for your response not to be published it will be regarded as confidential and treated accordingly.


Further information

You can read the full text of the consultation documents here:

Draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018

A consultation on the supporting guidance

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