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People living around Mossmorran have reported the petrochemical plant for generating ‘extreme’ noise on Friday night.
Scotland’s environment watchdog Sepa said it had received numerous complaints against operator ExxonMobil Chemical.
Residents in nearby Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly compared the rumbling to a jet engine and said sleep had been disturbed.
Sepa said it was told the sound was from routine decoking activity at Fife Ethylene Plant and that efforts were being made to reduce it.
It is to hold further talks with the operator on Saturday morning.
Mossmorran Action Group chairman James Glen said: “We started getting complaints about extreme noise from residents last night.
“When one resident contacted Exxon, he got an outright denial that there was any noise at all.
“People in Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath suffered an anxious, sleepless night because the plant was so loud.
“Exxon need to come clean about what they are doing.”
He said people had also reported a chemical-like smell they believed was emanating from the plant.
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On Friday night Sepa said: “Late this evening we received a number of complaints regarding noise.
“Officers have contacted the site and understand the site is working through routine decoking activity.
“We understand that the site is taking steps to reduce noise.
“Sepa noise monitoring remains in place and officers will make further contact with the site on Saturday morning.”
ExxonMobil Chemical has been contacted for comment.
The operator could face prosecution over an unscheduled flaring episode in April last year.
Just over a fortnight ago Sepa announced it was submitting a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, following a lengthy investigation.