Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell is calling for an independent inquiry into how noise, air and light pollution from the Mossmorran plant is affecting local residents.
The Green MSP raised the issue with Minister for Public Health, Aileen Campbell in Holyrood earlier this week,
This follows the publication of a new report by the Chief Medical Office for England which looked at the combined effects of different types of pollution and disruption on peoples’ health.
“There are still a lot of concerns about Mossmorran, about the impacts of the flaring, sleepless nights, noise, light pollution and air pollution.”
“I think it’s important that there’s an independent study into these pollution effects.”
Mr. Ruskell is calling on the Scottish Government to expand existing air pollution watchdogs to include light and sound pollution, which the MSP says cause his constituents sleepless nights.
“There has been no systematic study looking at the noise that takes place at night surrounding the plant, the vibration effects, the light effects. These are being ignored largely by the plant and those who have to regulate the plant, such as SEPA. It’s time to take a look at the bigger picture here and let’s look at the combination effects of the pollution, whether it’s air, noise and light at night and see what the health impacts are.”
“If there are health impacts I would expect the plant to be more strictly regulated.”
“I believe that we should be looking now at a combination of pollutants. The noise and light pollution is a problem that is keeping people awake at night and it’s impacting peoples’ health.”