Over 240 industrial plants across Scotland have been condemned for their “poor” or “very poor” performance on pollution by the government’s watchdog, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
In the biggest-ever assessment of the environmental record of Scottish industry, waste companies, fish farms and Scottish Water’s sewage works have come out the worst. They are accused of frequently breaking pollution rules, causing spills, smells, leaks, breakdowns and a host of other problems.
Major companies like INEOS, Scottish Hydro and Philips have also been singled out for criticism, along with whisky distilleries, a paper mill, an aerospace plant, an aluminium smelter and a cake maker. They have suffered pollution incidents, or failed to follow environment regulations.
Several operators have been named as repeat offenders, with their sites rated as poor for the last two years running. They include Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and North Ayrshire councils, Greenoakhill landfill in Glasgow, Healthcare Environmental in Shotts, SITA’s Binn landfill in Perthshire and The Cheese Company in Lockerbie.
“This is a catalogue of environmental failure across Scotland, and the companies and organisations on this list should hang their heads in shame,” said the Green MSP, Alison Johnstone.
“Year after year we read about spills, pollution, failures to report incidents, and all the rest. We need tougher action from Sepa and SNP Ministers to get industry's house in order.”