Regulator launches investigation into ExxonMobil works

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched a ‘formal regulatory investigation’ into an ongoing flaring incident at ExxonMobil’s ethylene works in Fife.

As the flaring entered its fifth day today, complaints from the public now exceed 600. The figure is among the highest it has ever received for a single incident.

SEPA launched a full regulatory, air quality and noise monitoring programme in response.

The regulator issued a final warning letter to the firm a year ago following flaring that it found to be “preventable and unacceptable”. Permit conditions were tightened in response. SEPA and the Health and Safety Executive also began a joint probe last year.

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