NHS Fife Public Health published its report on the Health Impacts of Flaring at the Mossmorran Plant in Fife on the 30th October 2019.
The report was written following concerns raised by communities near Mossmorran where Shell operates the Fife NGL Plant d and ExxonMobil the Fife Ethylene Plant.
NHS Fife’s public health team offered to collate information currently available at the time and analyse existing data as part of the organisation’s commitment to protecting and improving the health of people and their communities and its on-going contribution to partnership working.
The report provides a summary of work carried out by or for NHS Fife public health to investigate and assess health-related claims with respect to flaring at the plant and describes a considerable degree of physical and psychological disturbance caused to people in the vicinity of Mossmorran.
The 2019 report therefore, concludes that the overall impact of flaring on people local to Mossmorran in recent years has not been acceptable and could plausibly affect their health in the widest sense. NHS Fife therefore recommended that the plant operators make every reasonable effort to reduce the frequency, duration and intensity of flaring events and supports the role of SEPA, as the regulator for these companies at this site.