the disposal of organic waste to land, come under the spotlight at a
COSLA conference today.
The report makes recommendations for controlling the spreading of
from abattoirs on agricultural land.
SEPA were asked to produce the report by Lord Sewel who, in
responding to public concern including representations by COSLA,
wanted an assessment of the robustness of existing regulatory
SEPA's report concludes that the current regulation and management of
the practice is both inadequate and inconsistent and leads to methods
and systems which pose a risk to the environment and, potentially, to
public, plant and animal health.
Today's conference will allow consideration of the recommendations
made by SEPA in their report, which are currently with the minister.
COSLA's protective services forum convener Julia Sturrock said: 'The practice of spreading waste on land has caused some communities great concern. Today's conference will allow for discussion on whether the new controls SEPA recommends will sensibly meet these concerns.
'It is vitally important that this issue which can cause such misery
to some of our communities is properly addressed.'