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The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005

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Application for determination of commercial confidentiality

35.—(1) Where information is given to SEPA for the purposes of these Regulations, the person giving it may apply to SEPA to have the information excluded from the register on the ground that it is commercially confidential (as regards that person or another person).

(2) The application under paragraph (1) shall include representations indicating why the applicant considers the information commercially confidential, together with such further information in support of the application as the applicant considers appropriate.

(3) The provisions of regulation 14(1) and (2) shall apply to an application under paragraph (1) as they do to an application.

(4) SEPA shall determine whether the information is or is not commercially confidential and shall give notice of its determination to the applicant within 28 days beginning with the date of the application or within such longer period as may be agreed with the applicant in writing.

(5) The provisions of regulation 16(2)(b) shall apply in respect of the period mentioned in paragraph (4) as they apply in respect of the periods mentioned in regulation 16(1).

(6) If SEPA fails to give notice of its determination of an application under paragraph (2) within the period allowed by or under paragraph (4), the information shall be deemed to be commercially confidential.

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