A Fife MSP says action needs to be taken over recent flaring incidents at the Fife Ethylene Plant.
Green MSP Mark Ruskell says his constituents have written to him over their concerns.
He is meeting with the plant operators and SEPA later this week to discuss the issue.
The Mid Scotland and Fife representative says local residents’ lives have been disrupted.
Mr Ruskell said:
“The Mossmorran Action Group have been compiling examples of the social impacts of flaring in communities around the plant, and the results are consistently unacceptable.
“I’ve recently had a productive meeting with the Public Health minister too to urge the Scottish Government to investigate flaring as a public health issue.
“But all this action is meaningless if we don’t also see basic legal enforcement of our environmental and industrial laws.
“I’ll be meeting with the plant operators and Sepa on Friday, and I’ll be making it clear that the investigations over the more recent incidents need to be concluded urgently.
“Nothing less than legal action is acceptable now.”
A statement from ExxonMobil says:
“While we were obviously very disappointed by SEPA’s announcement in April, we have taken it completely on board by actively working to address the recommendations.
“We have already made a series of improvements at FEP after completing our own detailed investigation into the flaring and its impact on the community.
“These include improving our maintenance processes, flaring procedures and notification arrangements, to further minimise flaring and to strengthen our communications with the local community.
“We sincerely regret the impact flaring can have on the local community and share their desire to reduce flaring because it is of no benefit to anyone including our operations because it impacts on production.
“The flaring equipment is designed specifically to handle excess hydrocarbons safely and is the safest and most environmentally friendly way of dealing with excess hydrocarbons during process upsets.”