SEPA launches investigation into unplanned flaring over Easter

30 April 2019

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On 21 April 2019, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) responded to complaints of unplanned flaring at ExxonMobil Chemical Limited’s Ethylene plant at Mossmorran, Fife. 

Whilst flaring is an important safety mechanism and is permitted through permit conditions, SEPA deployed a full regulatory, air quality and noise monitoring response which will inform their understanding of the nature of the event.

Regulatory and noise monitoring and air quality monitoring was carried out on 22 April 2019, which showed no cause for concern.

As ExxonMobil Chemical Limited advised that flaring is likely to continue over coming days, SEPA reinforced to the site operators the importance of restarting the plant as quickly as possible with the minimal amount of elevated flaring.

Over 600 complaints have been received by the SEPA 24 hour pollution hotline, one of the highest numbers for any single event.

Source: SEPA, 25 April 2019