Polish-owned Rank Recycling Scotland (RRS) has taken over the Dargavel energy-from-waste plant in Dumfries and is planning to apply for a permit to fire it up again. The plant was banned from operating after hundreds of toxic pollution breaches and a two-day blaze last July left up to 800 tonnes of partially-burnt and potentially stinking waste.
RRS acquired the assets of the company that used to run the plant, Scotgen (Dumfries), on the day it went into administration in October. Scotgen’s former project director, Lloyd Brotherton, is now project director for RRS, though the company has different owners.
Critics fear that allowing the new company to simply take over the incinerator from its defunct predecessor is an “abuse of process”. They are demanding that the new permit application be toughly scrutinised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
Sepa revoked Scotgen’s operating permit in August, but the company launched an appeal to overturn the move. The appeal, however, was withdrawn in February, after Sepa refused to transfer ownership of the permit to RRS.