Consultation on an Integrated Authorisation Framework: Draft regulations and supporting guidance

In January 2017, the Scottish Government and SEPA consulted on proposals for an integrated authorisation framework. The aim of the framework is to integrate, as far as possible, the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements relating to water, waste management, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. The integrated authorisation framework will be developed in a phased manner, starting with radioactive substances.

The framework has a key role to play in enabling SEPA to delivers its regulatory strategy, One Planet Prosperity. It will help SEPA to deliver proportionate, joined up, outcome focused regulation that significantly simplifies the regulatory landscape and reduces regulatory burden. This benefits SEPA, those SEPA regulates and, through supporting compliance and beyond compliance, the environment. 

In this further consultation they are consulting on the draft regulations which will make the framework a reality. It sets out the common framework and technical requirements relating to radioactive substances. They are also consulting on key SEPA guidance that will support implementation of the framework. These are:

  • Public participation statement;
  • Guidance on who can hold an authorisation; and
  • An authorisation guide for radioactive substances activities.

Scottish Government and SEPA are consulting together because they believe it is important that stakeholders can consider how these proposals fit together as a whole.

The consultation is in two parts:

·         A consultation on the draft Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018, available until 23 November; and

·         consultation on the supporting guidance, available to 22 December.

REA are planning to respond to both these consultations and we would welcome your views on these important new proposals. Please let Jenny know your thoughts by 16th November. 

Published: 06/10/17

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