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SEPA pays tribute at facility opening

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA honoured environmental pioneer Dr Robert Angus Smith at its new Eurocentral facility.

On Monday Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, opened the Angus Smith Building at Maxim Park, which brings together over 400 staff from SEPA’s scientific, regulatory and other teams.

The new facility has been named in honour of Glasgow-born Dr Robert Angus Smith, thought to be the world’s first environmental regulator.

To pay tribute to the man whose work led to the discovery of what became known as ‘acid rain’, a specially commissioned bust of the Dr Smith was unveiled by the Minister.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “Honouring one of Scotland’s environmental pioneers this first-class facility will enable SEPA to provide a co-ordinated approach to environmental protection for Scotland.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the 400 staff based here at the Angus Smith Building involved in protecting the environment and our communities and my congratulations go to all those involved in successfully bringing forward this project.

SEPA chief executive James Curran added: “The Angus Smith Building will enable SEPA staff to adopt a more collaborative and integrated approach to business.

“Many of our scientists, regulators, IT specialists, communications staff and project managers are all now working together in the same facility for the first time, and able to focus collectively and creatively.

“Angus Smith was a true pioneer of environmental regulation and protection and we are very pleased to be able to honour him in the naming of this important facility.”

 

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