Factory’s odour abatement system is not a combustion plant, EA concludes

The installation of a new odour abatement system at McCain’s chip factory in Scarborough will not mean that the site as a whole will be subject to more stringent emission controls, says the Environment Agency.

The food manufacturer is in the process of expanding its chip factory in Scarborough, intended to boost production capacity by more than half to 1,334 tonnes per day. The firm already buys about 15% of the UK’s potato crop.

The £100m project includes modifying potato storage, sorting and preparation processes, replacing two frying lines, installing a new boiler and removing another. Its ventilation and air conditioning system, a source of odour complaints from the public, is also being heavily modified.

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