Sepa launch investigation amid health concerns about the flaring from the ExxonMobil site at Mossmorran

NHS Fife has called for action on the flaring from Mossmorran amid health concerns from the plumes of thick black smoke that emanated from the plant on Sunday.

The health board convened a meeting with Health Protection Scotland, SEPA and Fife Council to agree a plan in light of the prolonged flaring from the ExxonMobil site, between Crossgates and Cowdenbeath.

There have been a considerable number of complaints from the local community and SEPA has now launched an investigation.

Consultant in Public Health, Dr Chris McGuigan said: “We already know of at least one instance where emission of black smoke from flaring at Mossmorran exceeded the 15 minute limit imposed as an operating condition and we are pleased that SEPA has committed to a full investigation, which will look at the causes of the incident and the steps being taken to ensure it does not happen again.

“We are also hearing people have been experiencing a range of symptoms which they relate to the flaring, such as breathing difficulties, irritated eyes and even disturbed sleep due to the noise accompanying the flaring.

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Resident-led action group seeking redress from the long-term social, health and environmental impacts from the Mossmorran facilities in Central Fife operated by ExxonMobil (Fife Ethylene Plant) and Shell (Fife NGL).


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