25 March 2018
SEPA was informed on Friday 23 March by ExxonMobil Chemical Limited at Mossmorran that flaring was required due to a process upset that requires a re-start of the plant.
Flaring is necessary to ensure the continued safe operation of the plant, but the impact must be mitigated. SEPA works every day to protect Scotland’s environment and responded quickly to the initial notification on Friday by mobilising a range of environment protection, air quality and noise monitoring teams. Specialist teams have continued to work around the clock, during mornings, evenings and into the night across the weekend as part of an ongoing regulatory investigation.
We're disappointed that flaring has continued across the weekend and with the impacts this has had on local communities. We are clear that environmental compliance is non-negotiable and the air quality and noise monitoring SEPA staff are undertaking is to assess impact of flaring and inform our future regulatory approach with the site.
Whilst currently restricted in what we are able to communicate at this time, to avoid any prejudice to any potential enforcement action, our officers are speaking with people in local communities and our 24 hour pollution line (0800 80 70 60) continues to receive calls. We’re also sharing as much information as possible on our dedicated Mossmorran hub, sepa.org.uk/mossmorran.
We will provide as much information as we can on the results of this monitoring as soon as it is possible.
SEPA, in addition to other public agencies, is jointly responsible for the regulation of ExxonMobil Chemical Limited and Shell UK Limited at Mossmorran.