#MossmorranPollutants

Mossmorran Pollutants

A list of the pollutants emitted by Fife NGL (Shell) and the Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil). Data includes quantities (as provided to SEPA), and the potential hazards & health impacts

Air Pollutant Releases

Data is based on estimations provided by ExxonMobil and Shell and published by SEPA
The data below is provided by the plant operators as part of the voluntary compliance scheme. SEPA do not actively monitor emissions from the plant. ExxonMobil conduct the calculations and estimations of emissions levels, the data is then passed onto SEPA who check the calculations and estimations before publishing on their website at: http://apps.sepa.org.uk/SPRIPA/Search/ViewReturn.aspx?returnId=11268
The data below is provided by the plant operators as part of the voluntary compliance scheme. SEPA do not actively monitor emissions from the plant. Shell conduct the calculations and estimations of emissions levels, the data is then passed onto SEPA who check the calculations and estimations before publishing on their website at: http://apps.sepa.org.uk/SPRIPA/Search/ViewReturn.aspx?returnId=11184
Annual Returns

Air Pollutants

All the data below is sourced from SEPA through the Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI). Data is self-reported by Shell and ExxonMobil using a variety of methods (detailed below). Not all pollutants are recorded as they are considered Below Reporting Threshold (BRT) - An operator reports BRT when a pollutant is emitted below the SPRI reporting threshold but above zero to the environment from an installation.
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In 2017, the Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil) was the 3rd biggest emitter of Carbon Dioxide in Scotland (out of 1,237 industrial sites)

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In 2017, Fife NGL (Shell) was the 16th biggest emitter of Carbon Dioxide in Scotland (out of 1,237 industrial sites)

Air Pollutant Factsheet

Emission source: Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil) & Fife NGL (Shell)

Environmental Effects: Benzene quickly reacts with other chemicals in the air and is thus removed within a few days of release. In soils and water bodies it breaks down more slowly and can pass into groundwater where it can persist for weeks. Benzene does not accumulate in animals or plants. As a VOC, air-borne benzene can react with other air pollution to form ground levels ozone which can damage crops and materials.

Potential Human Health Impacts: Benzene is a proven carcinogen. Inhalation of extremely high levels of benzene (following an accidental release) could be fatal and longer term exposure to lower concentrations (in occupational settings for example) may damage blood-forming organs. When ingested or applied directly to the skin (only likely in occupational settings), benzene is very toxic. Inhalation of ground level ozone (in the formation of which benzene can be involved) can exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma.

SPRI Emission Reporting Threshold:
1,000 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Air
10.0 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Water
10.0 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Waste Water
200 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Land

Emission source: Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil)

Environmental Effects: The most serious environmental impact of BaP is its significant accumulation in organisms exposed to it. Aquatic organisms will also concentrate it. In water, BaP attaches strongly to sediments and any other solid matter. BaP released to soils tends to bind very strongly to the soils particles, but small amounts can leach to groundwaters. BaP is stable and can remain (and travel) in the environment for a long period of time - it is a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP). Releases of BaP therefore cause concern at a global environmental level as well as on a local scale.

Potential Human Health Impacts: Benzo(a)pyrene can enter the body either by inhalation of air containing benzo(a)pyrene, ingestion of water or food containing benzo(a)pyrene, or by dermal contact with benzo(a)pyrene, contaminated soil or products containing benzo(a)pyrene. Inhalation of benzo(a)pyrene may cause respiratory tract irritation. Exposure to benzo(a)pyrene may damage the reproductive system and cause cancer. Ingestion of benzo(a)pyrene may cause gastrointestinal irritation. Dermal contact with benzo(a)pyrene may lead to skin irritation. In the natural environment benzo(a)pyrene occurs as part of a mixture of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). The full effects of benzo(a)pyrene on human health are unknown, however studies have shown that inhlalation of PAHs or dermal contact with PAHs for long periods of time can cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has designated benzo(a)pyrene as a probable carcinogen.

SPRI Emission Reporting Threshold:
1.00 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Air
1.00 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Water
1.00 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Waste Water

Emission source: Fife Ethylene Plant (ExxonMobil)

Environmental Effects: Most Butadiene in the environment is found in the air. It evaporates easily from soil and water and does not build up in the environment. As a VOC, Butadiene can be involved in the formation of ground level ozone which can cause damage to crops and materials.

Potential Human Health Impacts: 1,3-Butadiene enters the body mainly by inhalation of air containing 1,3-butadiene. 1,3-Butadiene can enter the body by ingestion of contaminated food or water, or by dermal contact with petrol. Inhalation of air containing low levels of 1,3-butadiene can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Long term exposure to low levels may cause heart and lung damage. Exposure to high concentrations can result in a range of adverse health effects including damage to the central nervous system, blurred vision, nausea, headache, fatigue, decreased blood pressure and coma. The effects of ingestion of 1,3-butadiene are unknown. Dermal contact with 1,3 butadiene can cause skin irritation. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has designated 1,3-Butadiene as a possible carcinogen.

SPRI Emission Reporting Threshold:
100 Kg/yr Pollutant Emissions to Air

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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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