pollution

Named: eight outsiders who helped pollution watchdog hire staff

An economic development agency, drinks companies and senior government officials have all helped Scotland’s pollution watchdog select its senior staff. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named eight external advisers who have joined interview panels for top jobs. Two – senior Scottish Government official George Burgess and the whisky industry’s Morag Garden – have each…

fracking

Controls not tough enough to prevent fracking pollution, says report

Scotland’s environmental regulation is not strong enough to prevent fracking causing climate pollution, an expert report for the Scottish Government has concluded. The report, one of six on fracking and other forms of unconventional oil and gas published today, was written by the UK advisory Committee on Climate Change. The current regulatory framework for controlling…

Ruling: government broke freedom of information law on porpoises

The Scottish Government has breached freedom of information law by delaying the release of information on harbour porpoises, according to an investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, has criticised officials for being “unnecessarily pedantic” and for taking an “overly narrow interpretation” when rejecting a request for information on proposed porpoise conservation…