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Environment and Efficiency
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)SEPA is responsible for regulation and enforcement of most environmental matters in Scotland.
Special wasteWaste that has hazardous properties that may render it harmful to human health or the environment, eg batteries, oils and oil filters, paint and ink, chemical waste, solvents. The term now only applies in Scotland - England, Northern Ireland and Wales use "hazardous waste".
Statutory nuisanceA statutory nuisance is an activity (identified as a nuisance by legislation) that could cause damage to property or to the health of local residents or disturb the neighbourhood. It could arise for example from noise and vibration, smoke and fumes, dust, steam, light pollution, odours, and build up or deposit of waste and materials.
Surface watersBodies of water on the surface of the land, eg rivers, lakes and streams.
Sustainable developmentSustainable development is the concept of "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".