Storage of sewage sludge

We have created a temporary regulatory position statement on the storage of sludge from sewage plants in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SEPA’s focus is on making our best contribution to helping our nation get through this public health emergency in a way that protects and improves Scotland’s environment.

We recognise that during a significant outbreak of COVID-19 the ability of operators to run their operations may be compromised by a lack of available staff, and/or the need to protect staff and minimise transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

SEPA is clear we expect everyone we regulate to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations. We expect operators to be ensuring that the impacts of COVID-19 on the environment are minimised. We recognise, however, that in some cases operators may be unable to comply for reasons beyond their control.

This position applies only to the storage of residual sludge produced in Scotland from sewage plants treating domestic or urban waste waters, or sludge treatment centres, operated by Scottish Water or under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract.  

View the temporary regulatory position statement on the storage of sewage sludge

Storage of sewage sludge regulatory position

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