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Scottish Government consultation on new environmental enforcement measures for SEPA

This consultation on a new Environmental Enforcement Framework for Scotland has been developed as part of the joint Scottish Government SEPA Better Environmental Regulation (BER) programme. The Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 provides the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) with a broader range of enforcement tools to allow SEPA to more effectively tackle those who disregard their environmental obligations and to allow the Criminal Courts to have more options for dealing with environmental criminals.

Following stakeholder feedback from the May 2012 consultation on proposals for an Integrated Framework of Environmental Regulation, which included the principles underpinning the new enforcement framework, this consultation invites further comments from stakeholders on the design and use of the new enforcement measures available to SEPA. These measures include Fixed Monetary Penalties, Variable Monetary Penalties, Enforcement Undertakings and Non compliance Penalties. The consultation sets out the potential design and use of the new enforcement measures for SEPA and outlines a number of safeguards to be built in to the new framework. It also includes the consultation on the relevant offences orders for the new enforcement measures, the new sentencing options and additional powers for the Criminal Courts and vicarious liability.

Full details HERE

The deadline for responses is 3rd October.

The ORG response is HERE.


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