MacDonald Welcomes Sewage Sludge Review
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:16
Lochhead commissions review of legislation and guidance.
A formal review of the legislation and guidance in relation to sewage sludge use on land has been commissioned by Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.
The review will be conducted by the Scottish Government and SEPA to ensure guidance is as clear as possible and provide greater clarity and understanding of good practice. It will take place over the coming months and involve stakeholders including Scottish Water, local authorities and the waste management industry.
Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East welcomed the review, commenting:
“This is really good news for the people living in the Braes area.
“Sewage sludge has been an on-going issue in my constituency for some time and any improvement to the current legislation would be most welcome.
“I have been working with constituents in difficult and constraining circumstances to date as the legislation is still evolving.
“Also legislation for SEPA to take any enforcement action does not come into being until later this year. A review might speed up this process.”
Mr Lochhead said:
“It has long been recognised that sewage sludge has the potential to improve soil quality and provide crop nutrients when used on agricultural land or in land restoration.
“The Scottish Government has previously published guidance to ensure precautions are taken over the types of sewage sludge used to protect public health and soil quality, while generating significant benefits for the environment.
“However, over the last year a number of public complaints have been made. In light of that I have commissioned a review of legislation and guidance to determine what is and isn’t acceptable.
“I am confident this review will help to ensure we strike the right balance between the benefits of using sewage sludge and the controls that protect both the public and wider environmental interests.”