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…

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Scottish Government orders review of undercover policing in Scotland

The Scottish Government has ordered a review of undercover policing following a decision by the Home Office not to extend the Pitchford Inquiry to Scotland. The Pitchford Inquiry was established last year to examine undercover policing in England and Wakes after it emerged that Met Police officers abused their powers during covert operations. Some officers…