SEPA ‘minded to approve’ pollution derogations for Grangemouth refinery

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has said it is prepared to approve a series of derogations for Ineos’ oil refinery in Grangemouth on the basis that the costs of installing the best available techniques for air and water emissions outweigh the benefits.

Ineos requested four derogations for its refinery regarding emissions of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, effluent discharge to the Forth Estuary and benzene emissions to a local water treatment plant. 

The refinery does not currently meet the best available techniques associated emission levels (BAT-AELs) for the pollutants, and would require multi-million pound investments in new equipment. 

However, following a cost-benefit analysis, SEPA has judged that “no environmental quality standards will be breached”, by allowing the derogations from the BAT-AELs, “with emissions reducing, and a high level of protection will be maintained”.

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