Update on Newton Mearns illegal waste site - 7pm - 11/04/17

date12 April 2017

ISSUED AT 7PM ON TUESDAY 11 APRIL

Kenny Boag, SEPA’s Head of Operations for the South West, said:

“SEPA has been working closely with the landowner over the last couple of days to agree a process for the spraying of waste at Netherplace Dye Works to control flies on site and we are confident that this will commence tomorrow.

“The prime responsibility of our officers is to ensure that this waste is removed safely and in a manner that will not exacerbate the problems currently being suffered by local residents. We recognise that time is of the essence given the scale of impact associated with this site, especially the fly infestation, and after providing the landowner’s contractor with advice and assistance today, we are confident that this will allow waste to leave the site in a safe and legal manner starting from tomorrow.

“Given the array of waste materials that can be seen at this stage - loose and baled cardboard, construction and demolition waste, municipal wastes and liquid wastes - it is vital that the correct method of management, removal, transport and disposal is taken to ensure that it does not result in harmful or illegal consequences elsewhere. SEPA have had daily interaction with the landowner to help them understand the scale of the problem and also assist them in resolving a number of immediate issues which could affect the local environment.  

“An essential role for SEPA going forward is to identify the persons responsible for this act and we have designed our investigation to run alongside any removal works, so that we do not impeded the rate at which this site is cleared.”

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