from Sunday Herald, 16 November 2014
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has come under fire for keeping the locations of 87 polluters secret, enabling mistakes to be covered up.
In its latest assessment of environmental performances for 2013, it has refused to identify 1,187 water suppliers and 287 sites handling radioactive materials "for reasons of national security". But it has rated 83 of the water suppliers and four of the radioactive sites as “poor” or “very poor”.
Scottish Water said that it runs 224 of the water sites, 41 of which had been assessed as poor, but the locations are unknown. Others will include farmers, fish farmers, golf courses and companies that need to extract water for their businesses.
The sites handling radioactive substances will include hospitals, factories and industries using radiation sources for treatment and measurements. It is not clear whether nuclear power plants, and naval bases at Faslane and Rosyth, are included.