The level of compliance in the Scottish environmental permitting regime has hit a six year high, according to figures published by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. The vast majority (91.7%) of the 5,300 Scottish businesses and sites assessed demonstrated compliance with environmental regulations.
SEPA’s compliance assessment scheme (CAS) assesses the performance of the sites deemed "high-risk" or known to be historic underperformers. It found that 8.3% of regulated businesses were either at risk, or failing to meet the conditions of their environmental permits.
It was published alongside SEPA’s enforcement statistics which show over the last three years the agency has handed out around £390k in environmental fines. During 2016-17, 120 statutory notices and 113 final warnings were issued while 12 cases were referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) by SEPA.
The Scottish waste industry was highlighted as being the worst performers accounting for almost half of all final warning letters and statutory notices.