Amcor Flexibles factory fire

date17 September 2010

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to liaise with partner organisations, including West Lothian Council, in dealing with the environmental consequences of the fire at Amcor Flexibles factory in West Calder.

Simon Cole, Edinburgh and Lothian’s Unit Manager for SEPA, said:

The fire water is being managed and contained, and West Lothian Council have deployed sandbags in specific areas to further contain the run off. The remaining fire water is to be tankered away to an appropriate disposal site. The Dedridge burn is the main watercourse being affected, a tributary of the River Almond.

“SEPA has four officers on site, and has set up an incident response team. Officers are currently sampling around the incident area and are carrying out an analysis of the likely environmental impact from the incident.”

A West Lothian Council spokesman commented:

We have been working closely with the emergency services who were involved in the incident yesterday.  We are also working with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

“West Lothian Council Building Standards officers have visited Amcor Flexibles, however we have not been able to access the premises as the Fire and Rescue Service are still at locale.  When this is completed we will organise for the building to be secured.  We will also be issuing a dangerous building notice today.

“Until the results of SEPA’s investigations are known as a precaution we recommend that people and pets stay away from the Dedridge Burn and the River Almond at this time.”

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