27 August 2013
The operating licence for Scotland's dirtiest waste incinerator is to be revoked on 23 September, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has announced.
Scotgen's ailing energy-from-waste plant in Dumfries, which has breached pollution limits hundreds of times and last month suffered a major fire, is now almost certain to close. The company recently told the Court of Session that it was planning to go into administration.
Sepa's highly unusual move follows Scotgen's failure to comply with an legal enforcement notice requiring 800 tonnes of partially burnt waste to be removed from the plant so that it didn't stink and attract rats.
According to Sepa, the waste plant was guilty of "persistent non-compliance with the requirements of the permit." It had also failed to maintain enough resources to pay for cleaning up the mess it had made, and had failed in its main aim of recovering energy efficiently.