FERRET INVESTIGATION: Watchdog investigates Sepa ‘failure’ to stop sewage pollution

Author: Rob Edwards in The Ferret

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is under scrutiny by a new government standards watchdog for allegedly failing to stop sewage polluting a river in West Lothian.
Environmental Standards Scotland (ESS), set up after Brexit in 2021, is examining a complaint that Sepa broke the law by not preventing discharges from sewage works into the River Almond.
Campaigners said it was “outrageous” and “deeply worrying” that the public was not being protected from environmental health threats. Sepa must be forced to take action and the river cleaned up, they demanded.
The Ferret is investigating the role of Sepa as the Scottish Government’s major environmental watchdog, following growing concern from readers. We are publishing a series of stories exposing its record on tackling pollution, transparency, and funding.


One comment

  1. Of course SEPA doesn’t deliver the environmental protection that it should.

    Like all to many of the public bodies in Scotland the culture of brown envelopes and turning blind eyes is all too extant.

Leave a Reply