MSP’s ANGER AS PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION REVEALS SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SULPHUR DIOXIDE BREACHES IN GRANGMEOUTH

 

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has voiced his anger following a parliamentary question he lodged has revealed that air quality monitoring stations in Grangemouth have detected significant increases in the number of breaches of the sulphur dioxide 15-minute mean objective.

 

Data release to Angus MacDonald from Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson show “unacceptable” increases in sulphur dioxide breaches at 3 Grangemouth air quality monitoring stations (Inchyra Park, Moray Primary School and Grangemouth Municipal Chambers).

 

The 2012 figures show significant increases. In the 7 months to July this year the Moray Primary School monitoring station has recorded 67 SO2 breaches, close to the total 74 breaches for the whole of last year at this location. More worryingly, the increase at Grangemouth Municipal Chambers shot up from 6 incidences in 2011 to 43 breaches in just 7 months in 2012. And in the 7 months to July this year the monitoring station in Inchyra Park recorded more breaches than the whole of 2011 (36 in 2011 compared to 44 in the seven months of 2012).

 

Voicing his anger at the increase in breaches, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“These increases in sulphur dioxide levels are clearly not acceptable. It has to be asked what exactly SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) are doing to bring the culprits to book? What is the point of having an Air Quality Management Area in Grangemouth when little or no enforcement action is being taken by the body that exists to protect the local community from poor air quality.

 

“We will of course be fed the platitudes that a sulphur recovery unit is being built at the petro-chemical plant at significant cost to the operators, however that does not excuse the unacceptable increase in SO2 breaches we have seen in recent months.

 

“I will be asking further questions in Parliament, and of SEPA, with a view to ensuring enforcement action is taken to reduce these unacceptable breaches.

 

“It’s time for SEPA to up its game and protect the residents of Grangemouth from further SO2 breaches”.

 

Text of question below:

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN ANSWER

16 July 2012

Index Heading: Enterprise & Environment

Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Executive  how many breaches of the sulphur dioxide 15-minute mean objective, as specified in the Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000, have been identified by the (a) Bo'ness Town Hall, (b) AURN (Inchyra Park), (c) Moray Primary School, (d) Grangemouth Municipal Chambers and (e) Polmont monitoring stations since November 2005.

(S4W-08351)

Mr Stewart Stevenson :

 

The number of breaches of the sulphur dioxide 15-minute mean objective is set out in the following table:

 

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

20123

Bo’ness Town Hall

0

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

AURN (Inchyra Park)

0

14

1

4

20

46

36

44

Moray Primary School1

-

-

126

117

65

62

74

67

Grangemouth Municipal Chambers

0

3

109

49

17

12

6

43

Polmont2

-

-

-

-

-

1

0

0

 

1Operational from January 2007.

2Operational from September 2010.

3To 7 July 2012.

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