SEPA statement regarding odour issues in Erskine - update

date08 July 2014

SEPA is receiving a large number of complaints regarding offensive odour mainly in the Bishopton and Erskine areas. Due to the changeable wind conditions at this time the source of this odour, in either Bishopton or Erskine, is likely to be the spreading of sewage sludge at Drumcross Farm, Erskine. This waste has been the source of a large number of complaints during its storage at the same farm over the last three weeks.

SEPA was advised on Monday 7 July 2014 by the operator James McCaig Farms that they intended to start spreading the sludge stored at the farm on Tuesday 8 July 2014. This will involve disturbing the waste which is likely to result in the generation of odour which may be offensive. Odour generated from the spreading operations is regulated by the local authority, Renfrewshire Council’s Environmental Services, to whom complaints may be referrred.

SEPA Action To Date

On Friday 27 June SEPA served an Enforcement Notice under Section 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as amended, on the operator of the exempt activity at Drumcross Farm, James McCaig Farms, requiring the removal of the sludge from this storage location by 21 July 2014. Note the minimum statutory timescale given for removal of waste under such a Notice is 21 days.

Given the impact on the local area by the activity at Drumcross Farm, near Erskine, SEPA also sent James McCaig Farms a Final Warning letter on Friday 27 June.

Please continue to notify us if you are impacted by the odour.

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