SEPA should move to Grangemouth

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has been urged to open an office in the heartland of the country’s petrochemical industry.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald called on SEPA to consider setting up a premises in Grangemouth due to the number of industries which require regular monitoring in the town.

He raised the issue with senior SEPA officials during a recent meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s environment committee.

Mr MacDonald said: “I was encouraged by the response I received from SEPA’s director of operations at the environment committee and was even more encouraged by his response when we met in Grangemouth recently.

“Clearly, with a large number of firms in Grangemouth being monitored by SEPA, it makes sense to have a manned office in the town. The ongoing issues at the Oran Waste Transfer site and the recent CalaChem incident involving hydrogen sulphide, coupled with environmental issues nearby such as the Avondale and West Carron landfill sites, would suggest the need for a SEPA office in Grangemouth has never been more appropriate.

“I’m pleased SEPA is considering the proposal, which was first suggested by the former Grangemouth Community Council, and I look forward to further discussions with senior officers over the coming months.”

SEPA executive director Calum MacDonald stated: “We are considering Angus MacDonald’s request and other potential means of enhancing our presence in the area and our responsiveness to the community. I will be responding to the MSP within the next seven to 10 days.”