Community views sought on the future of Mossmorran monitoring

  31 August 2021
Members of the public are being invited to find out more and have their say on the future of monitoring at the Mossmorran complex in Fife, through a series of online events to be hosted by Scotland’s environmental watchdog, SEPA.

Four events have been arranged in partnership with Fife Council and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to inform our continuous improvement, and in response to requests from local communities for increased monitoring in the areas surrounding Mossmorran. 

The events aim to: 

  • Explain the role of SEPA and other public bodies in the regulation of the Mossmorran complex. 
  • Explain how air quality, noise and vibration are assessed. 
  • Share information on what we currently monitor, including where and why and what it tells us.  
  • Hear concerns about air quality and the impacts of noise and vibration. 
  • Help us understand what the community would like to know about monitoring activities and how we can share the results of this in an accessible and informative way. 

During the events, specialist SEPA officers will explain the monitoring and data analysis that is carried out and members of the public will have an opportunity to find out more and have their say.  

The information and views gathered during these events will help inform SEPA’s review of monitoring undertaken around the Mossmorran complex and how information is shared in an accessible way with local communities. 

Ian Buchanan, Chief Officer for Compliance and Beyond at SEPA said:  

“We’re clear that compliance is non-negotiable and know the impact flaring can have on communities.   

“We’re pleased too that in line with our regulatory requirements, a series of key investments and improvements are being made at site which will have a positive impact. 

“A key area of current focus is the future monitoring of Mossmorran, where we know there is significant community interest.  Rather than design this in isolation, we’re keen to hear directly from local residents, to allow them to find out more and have their say on a future monitoring network and how we can best publish, present and help explain what we find.”   

Over ten thousand newsletters advertising the events are dropping through letterboxes and sessions are open to anyone with an interest in the regulation and future monitoring of the Mossorran complex.   

The events have been designed at different times over four dates to allow the maximum number of people to participate. 

Mossmorran community engagement event dates and times: 

  • Tuesday 14 September 14:00-16:30 
  • Thursday 16 September 18:30-21:00 
  • Tuesday 21 September 18:30-21:00 
  • Wednesday 22 September 14:00-16:30 

Registration is open now for the online events at sepa.org.uk/Mossmorran 

Anyone unable to attend can submit comments to community@sepa.org.uk or via post to Mossmorran Consultation, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Angus Smith Building, 6 Parklands Avenue, Eurocentral, Holytown, North Lanarkshire, ML1 4WQ. 

ENDS