EIR - Bio filter discharge


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Ref No.: 01 23
Request Type: EIR
Date Received: 22/02/23
Date Responded: 24/02/23
Category:  Bio filter discharge


Scottish Water discharged bio filters into the river Ythan We have had meetings with Scottish Water, who refuse to advise how many plastic filters have been released into this famous salmon , sea trout, Eider ducks, and Artic Terns estuary, along with 3000 seals. They will not even give us a rough count to the nearest 1 million. I require to know how many bio filters were released in November 2022, and how many have been recovered to date.


We have handled your request as a request for environmental information under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EISRs).

As the Economic Regulator for Scottish Water, we consider your request to be exempt from disclosure under the EISRs because we do not hold this information.  We have provided more information on the EISRs, how they apply and why we have applied the exemption in the Annex to this response. You can find out more information about our role from our website here.

I understand from your email that you have already been in discussions with Scottish Water to obtain the information you are requesting. I suggest that the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) might also be worth contacting. SEPA is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment. SEPA’s role is to make sure that the environment and human health are protected, to ensure that Scotland’s natural resources and services are used as sustainably as possible and contribute to sustainable economic growth. SEPA regulate and advise on a wide range of environmental activities. You can reach SEPA via several methods, their contact details can be found on their website here.

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