Following a meeting called on Monday 6th August by Angus MacDonald MSP with senior officers from SEPA, Falkirk Council and Ineos to discuss recent breaches of the 15 minute SO2 mean objective the Falkirk East MSP has stated he is satisfied that everything is being done to reduce the number of breaches, including the installation by Ineos of a sulphur recovery unit at a cost of £30 million, which is due to become operational by the end of this year. Work has been ongoing on this project since 2007, with delivery and installation currently under way.
Senior environmental health officers and Ineos representatives pointed out that Grangemouth complies with European legislation, with no breaches of the hourly and daily breaches recorded.
Speaking following the meeting, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“Having had the opportunity to raise my concerns with industry chiefs, including senior environmental health officials, I am satisfied that everything is being done to address the issue of breaches to the SO2 mean objective.
“It is of some comfort and reassurance that Grangemouth complies with European limits. It is also reassuring that Ineos are making such a significant investment which will hopefully see a major reduction in SO2 breaches once the sulphur recovery unit (tailgas unit) comes on stream at the end of the year, as scheduled.”
“I am further satisfied that the technology chosen for the Tail Gas Unit is safe, efficient and well proven with multiple units in operation around the world.”
“I look forward to further improvements in air quality in the immediate future and will be monitoring the situation closely in the months and years to come.”