Dear Fife Council,
Please can you supply the following information:

Does Fife Council carry out regular Air Quality checks in the areas and communities around the FEP Mossmorran plant?

Does Fife Council investigate further or independently confirm the data provided to them by SEPA, Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay (Air Quality Group) or by Exxonmobil or Shell as correct and valid?

How would Fife Council learn about and react if the Air around the Mossmorran Plant and local communities were contaminated in an emergency situation? What is Fife Council's emergency procedure and response for such an event?

Does Fife Council know which chemicals were released in the well-publicised issue of the Black Smoke from FEP Mossmorran in the summer of 2017?

Why is Fife, the only Scottish mainland region without Live Interactive Air Quality monitoring equipment or sites as shown on the DEFRA Interactive monitoring networks map?

Can Fife Council confirm what defines a pollution episode and when was the first official episode at FEP Mossmorran?

How does Fife Council decide whether the data captured from a monitoring site are sufficient or not?

What instrumentation and methods are used By Fife Council to collect any pollutants and what measurement techniques are used to analyse them?

Is there Scope in Fife Council's Air Quality budget for further Monitoring Sites to be located in the Communities surrounding FEP Mossmorran?

Why are these monitoring sites not being provided as part of Fife Council's Duty of care for Fife Council residents?

If local residents requested these services would Fife Council be required to provide them?

I await your reply to each individual point.
Yours faithfully,

Richard Innes

Fife Council

Dear Richard Innes,

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

I refer to your request for information dated 13/02/2018 our ref: 20675.

The information you have requested is subject to the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, therefore, requires us under Freedom of Information Act 2002 to apply exemption S39 (2)(a) Health, Safety and the Environment, as the information is obliged by regulations under S62 to make available to the public in accordance with the regulation.

We will continue to proceed with your request under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, which allows us 20 working days from the date after receipt of your original request.

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you have the right to request a review of the decision. Please write to: Head of Legal Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address]. The law provides for you to make this request up to 40 workings days from when you receive this correspondence. We add a further three working days to allow time for delivery of our response giving you up to 43 working days from the date of this correspondence to ask for a review. Where the outcome of the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision.

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of Legal Services that falls outside this timescale.

Yours sincerely

Elaine Walters
Information Specialist

Elaine Walters, Fife Council

Dear Richard Innes,

 

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR
INFORMATION

 

I refer to your information request received 13/02/2018, our ref: 20675. 

 

I am pleased to detail the information you requested below and trust that
it meets your requirements.

 

Does Fife Council carry out regular Air Quality checks in the areas and
communities around the FEP Mossmorran plant?

- In the UK, air pollution from motor vehicles is the major cause of local
air quality problems;  Fife Council targets its monitoring at locations
where national objectives are at risk of being exceeded.  The nearest
monitoring location to Mossmorran is High Street Cowdenbeath where
nitrogen dioxide readings are approximately half the national objective.
Does Fife Council investigate further or independently confirm the data
provided to them by SEPA, Mossmorran & Braefoot Bay (Air Quality Group) or
by Exxonmobil or Shell as correct and valid?

- Fife Council does not duplicate the regulation of processes that are
licensed or permitted by SEPA.  Fife Council is a member of the Mossmorran
& Braefoot Bay Independent Air Quality Monitoring Review Group.

How would Fife Council learn about and react if the Air around the
Mossmorran Plant and local communities were contaminated in an emergency
situation?  What is Fife Council's emergency procedure and response for
such an event?
- The Land & Air Quality team has a remit within Environmental Health to
enforce the national objectives for air quality that are based on mean
annual concentrations.  Fife Council’s Emergency Planning department
exists to deal with events where the council is expected to act.

Does Fife Council know which chemicals were released in the
well-publicised issue of the Black Smoke from FEP Mossmorran in the summer
of 2017?
- Fife Council was involved in the review meeting of 25 July 2017.  I
understand that SEPA has investigated the incident and I will request a
copy of their report to check whether there are any actions for Fife
Council.

 

Why is Fife, the only Scottish mainland region without Live Interactive
Air Quality monitoring equipment or sites as shown on the DEFRA
Interactive monitoring networks map?
- The DEFRA map appears to show data from about a dozen of Scotland’s 29
mainland local authorities.  Fife Council’s air quality automatic
monitoring data is fed into [1]www.scottishairquality.co.uk which displays
data from all but three Scottish mainland councils.  I will make enquiries
as to whether our data can be fed through to populate the AURN on DEFRA’s
website.

Can Fife Council confirm what defines a pollution episode and when was the
first official episode at FEP Mossmorran?
- Fife Ethylene Plant is regulated by SEPA.  This office does not hold
official records on pollution incidents relating to the site.

How does Fife Council decide whether the data captured from a monitoring
site are sufficient or not?
- Nitrogen dioxide is used as a proxy for air pollution in general.  Where
passive monitoring using diffusion tubes reveals that national objectives
may be exceeded, Fife Council considers installing an automatic monitor to
record hourly readings which will then inform action-planning where
necessary.

What instrumentation and methods are used By Fife Council to collect any
pollutants and what measurement techniques are used to analyse them?
- Diffusion tubes record average monthly nitrogen dioxide; they are
analysed by the Public Analyst.  The automatic monitors record nitrogen
dioxide and particulate matter and are calibrated in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.  Full details are published online at
[2]www.fifedirect.org.uk/airquality.

Is there Scope in Fife Council's Air Quality budget for further Monitoring
Sites to be located in the Communities surrounding FEP Mossmorran?
- Fife Council prioritises monitoring in the places most likely to be
affected by road vehicle emissions.  As mentioned above, the nearest
monitoring location readings are not close to the national objective.

Why are these monitoring sites not being provided as part of Fife
Council's Duty of care for Fife Council residents?

- Fife Council allocates its resources objectively to ensure residents of
Fife are protected from unacceptable air quality.

If local residents requested these services would Fife Council be required
to provide them?

- Fife Council is meeting its obligations under Part IV of the
Environmental Protection Act 1990.

 

If you are not satisfied with the way we have handled your request, you
have the right to request a review of the decision.  Please write to: Head
of Legal Services, Finance & Corporate Services, Fife House, North Street,
Glenrothes, KY7 5LT or e-mail to [email address].  The law
provides for you to make this request up to 40 workings days from when you
receive this correspondence.  We add a further three working days to allow
time for delivery of our response giving you up to 43 working days from
the date of this correspondence to ask for a review.  Where the outcome of
the review fails to resolve the matter to your complete satisfaction you
have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision.www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

Fife Council will consider and seek to resolve any request to the Head of
Legal Services that falls outside this timescale.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Elaine Walters

Customer Experience Information Specialist

 

                

 

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