SEPA begins ‘full investigation’ into ExxonMobil flaring

ExxonMobil’s ethylene plant in Fife is being investigated after it released a pall of smoke from an emergency flare for nine days

The flare from ExxonMobil's ethylene plant was visible for many kilometres. Photograph: Stephanie HarcusThe operation of ExxonMobil’s ethylene plant in Fife is being examined after it emitted a huge plume of thick smoke, while local politicians have called for an independent review.

On 20 June, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) announced it was mounting a “full investigation” into a “prolonged and unsatisfactory” incident at the facility that occurred over nine days in mid-June. It will consider if further permitting conditions and enforcement action are needed.

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