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The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2000

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Directions to SEPA

23.—(1) The Scottish Ministers may give a direction to SEPA of a general or specific character with respect to the carrying out of any of their functions under these Regulations.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the power conferred by paragraph (1), a direction under that paragraph may direct SEPA–

(a)to exercise any of their powers under these Regulations or to do so in such circumstances as may be specified in the direction or in such manner as may be so specified; or

(b)not to exercise those powers, or not to do so in such circumstances nor such manner as may be specified in the direction.

(3) Where the Scottish Ministers receive information pursuant to Article 17(1) of the Directive in relation to the operation of an installation outside of the United Kingdom which is likely to have a significant negative effect on the environment of Scotland, they shall, for the purpose of complying with Article 17(2) of the Directive, direct SEPA to take such steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of bringing the information to the attention of the persons in Scotland likely to be affected by the operation of the installation and providing them with an opportunity to comment on that information.

(4) Any direction given under these Regulations shall be in writing (or in electronic form) and may be varied or revoked by a further direction.

(5) It shall be the duty of SEPA to comply with any direction which is given to it under these Regulations.

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