SEPA has received a considerable number of complaints from members of the public regarding flaring from the Mossmorran Complex (Shell and ExxonMobil) over the past week.
SEPA regulates the environmental aspects of these sites under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations, and both Operators hold licences which control conditions relating to flaring.
Now that the flaring has stopped, SEPA is making arrangements to carry out a full investigation into the causes of the flaring over the past week and what action the Operators intend to take to prevent recurrence of any similar events.
On Wednesday 21 June SEPA took part in a multi-agency meeting, convened by NHS Fife, to agree an action plan in light of concerns over flaring at Mossmorran. The meeting was also attended by Health Protection Scotland and Fife Council.
SEPA will also take part in the Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay Air Quality Review Group, which is an independently chaired group consisting of representatives from NHS Fife, SEPA, Fife Council, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and other community representatives.
This has clearly been a prolonged and unsatisfactory situation and as part of our investigation we will consider if any additional controls are required and any enforcement action that may be necessary.