B4.6.2 Scotland


You do not need detailed knowledge of legislation for the exam.

Please note that due to the IEMA ending the course, this section is no longer being up-dated.


Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 

This Act sets out the duties and powers of public authorities to protect the water environment and to regulate potential polluting activities. It also establishes river basin management districts.

Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 [SSI No. 348] 

These regulations ban controlled activities without authorisation. Many operations do not require full authorisation and an organisation may comply with the General Binding Rules.

Any organisation that wishes to abstract water, discharge water or affect a watercourse etc, should consult these regulations.

Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 [SSI No. 54]

These regulations add to the General Binding Rules in the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 to control diffuse pollution from the storage and application of fertiliser, keeping livestock, land cultivation, water run-off from drainage systems, applying pesticides and sheep dip.

Groundwater Regulations 1998 [SI No. 2746]

These regulations aim to prevent direct or indirect discharge of certain dangerous substances to groundwater and control pollution resulting from the discharge of those and other substances.

Substances are classified as List I or List II substances.

Water Environment (Groundwater and Priority Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 [SSI 420]

Amends Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 and 2005/348 to comply with the European Groundwater Directive 2006/118/EC and the Priority Substances Directive 2008/105/EC.

Water Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2010 [SSI 95]

 Amends the Water (Scotland) Act 1980 to enable local authorities to require the owners of premises where water is supplied to the public (eg schools, hospitals and restaurants) to remedy water quality problems caused by the domestic water system.

Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 [SSI 447]

Partially revokes 2008/394 and brings together changes to how derogated farms have to manage fertiliser and manure. Requires them to keep additional records particularly of phosphate figures.