MACDONALD CALLS FOR SEPA OFFICE IN GRANGEMOUTH
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:45
MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has called on SEPA to consider opening an office in Grangemouth, given the number of industries requiring monitoring in the town.
Mr MacDonald raised the issue with senior SEPA officials during a recent evidence gathering session at the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee on which he serves, which was taking evidence from stakeholders on the Regulatory Reform Bill currently going through Holyrood, and later met with SEPA’s Director of Operations, Calum MacDonald, in Grangemouth to discuss the proposal in more detail.
Following the meeting with the senior officer, during which a number of other ongoing issues relating to Grangemouth were discussed, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I was encouraged by the response I received from SEPA’s Director of Operations at the Environment Committee evidence session in Parliament 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 that SEPA are considering the proposal, which was first suggested by the former Grangemouth Community Council, and I look forward to further discussions with senior SEPA officers over the coming months.”