SNP’s Angus MacDonald calls on SEPA to ‘Up Its Game’ following Naming and Shaming of Local Polluters

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Grangemouth’s SNP Councillor Angus MacDonald has called on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to “up its game” following today’s release of a report, compiled by SEPA, which shows that 2 firms operating in Grangemouth have “poor” pollution records.

The “poor” category is defined as “SEPA assesses the licence holder as non-compliant or responsible for at least one significant breach.”


Grangemouth’s SNP Councillor Angus MacDonald has called on the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to “up its game” following today’s release of a report, compiled by SEPA, which shows that 2 firms operating in Grangemouth have “poor” pollution records.

The “poor” category is defined as “SEPA assesses the licence holder as non-compliant or responsible for at least one significant breach.”

SEPA have today named and shamed international chemical firm Kemfine which has a plant in Grangemouth, and Avondale Environmental landfill between Grangemouth and Polmont as being two of Scotland’s dirtiest polluters.

Calling for stronger action from SEPA, Councillor MacDonald said:

“It’s all very well for SEPA to name and shame these companies, but what is really needed is for the agency to ‘up its game’ and take stronger enforcement action against these culprits than it has to date.

“There is a strong argument for government to provide SEPA with more powers to bring these companies to book, however it is incumbent upon SEPA to use the powers it already has to maximum effect.”

Councillor MacDonald added:

“There should be no second chance for these firms. SEPA has to come down hard on them so that they get the message loud and clear that the local community is not prepared to accept breaches in environmental limit conditions.

“I have written to SEPA’s Director of Operations, Calum Macdonald calling for more decisive action from the agency in the future.”

Healthcare firm Piramal Healthcare in Grangemouth has also been placed in the “at risk” category by SEPA with concerns that low management performance indicated a risk of future breaches of environmental limit conditions.

Another site classified as being in the ‘poor’ category is the West Carron landfill site in Falkirk operated by Oran and GR Services Company, which has been at the centre of a wrangle with Falkirk Council’s planners for some time.

Local SNP Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn has also demanded immediate enforcement action at the West Carron Landfill site.

Councillor Meiklejohn, who has been assisting local residents in their battle against the West Carron landfill site operators backed Councillor MacDonald’s stance saying:

“It is the lack of robust enforcement action against the operator of the West Carron landfill site that has blighted the lives of the residents of New Carron, who are on a daily basis exposed to noise, dust, bad smells and flocks of birds all of which cause a breach to the operator’s license.

Enforcement action must be taken immediately by SEPA to address these problems”.

Further information available at: http://www.robedwards.com/2010/09/exposed-scotlands-99-dirty-polluters.html

A full list of SEPA’s compliance assessment reports is available at: http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/what_we_do/compliance_assesment/2009_assessment_reports.aspx