Last July, MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald urged the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to open an office in Grangemouth.

On 3 October 2013 SEPA announced it would open a temporary office in Grangemouth on the week commencing 21 October due to the town’s on-going fly problem.

MacDonald met with SEPA officials at an evidence gathering session of the Environment Committee, on which he serves, to highlight this concern.

“The need for a SEPA office in Grangemouth has never been more essential. Grangemouth is home to important industries that stimulate Scotland’s economy, but the industries must operate safely for the good and health of the community. We must ensure the protection of both our citizens and environment,” said MacDonald.

Dow Waste Management’s site at the docks and the Oran Waste Transfer site are believed to have caused the infestation.

SEPA’s action plan, published in September 2013, stated, “There is a recognition that a closer link with the Grangemouth community and colleagues in Falkirk Council would be beneficial.”

A spokesman for SEPA said that two staff members will be placed at the office “in the near future.”

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