THE Scottish Government Secretary for the Environment has assured Cowdenbeath MSP Annabelle Ewing that findings on impacts on health issues from flaring at Mossmorran will be brought to MSPs.

Ms Ewing, took the opportunity afforded by Portfolio Questions in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, to highlight to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment the motion passed by Fife Council calling for an independent inquiry into the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran.

Speaking later, Ms Ewing said: “My constituents have serious concerns about the health implication of the results of unplanned flarings at Mossmorran and I wanted to bring to the Cabinet Secretary’s direct attention that particular strand of Fife Council’s motion - the need to have empirical data as regards health impacts.

“I know that there is work on-going by SEPA to monitor air quality at Mossmorran and that they are currently reviewing assessments made by the operators of best available techniques and that NHS Fife is also gathering information. The Cabinet Secretary’s assurance that this information will be brought together is welcome.

“However, I will continue to poke and prod and ask questions on this issue because I am determined to ensure that it remains a priority for all concerned.”

Stuart Neill, external affairs manager at the Fife Ethylene Plant said: “We understand the issues that flaring can bring to communities.

"That is why we are taking affirmative action to further minimise both the instances and impact of unplanned events. A multi-million pound programme of improvements is being reviewed by SEPA and we are keen to begin implementation as soon as possible.

“Fife Ethylene Plant is strictly regulated and we work with the regulatory authorities to ensure the plant continues to operate safely and efficiently within the guidelines.”