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Please see below a joint statement on behalf of Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)NHS Fife, and Fife Councilon the Valleyfield ash lagoons:

Iain Cruickshank, SEPA’s Area Manager for the South East, said:

“Scottish Power has now been issued with two enforcement notices for the Valleyfield Ash Lagoons, near Longannet Power Station and SEPA officers continue to actively monitor their progress to suppress dust from the ash lagoons. Samples are being taken recently to ensure that prolonged ash emissions are not adversely affecting the local environment. Emissions from the site are a breach of the Site’s environmental permit, therefore Scottish Power is required to have adequate dust suppression in place at all times.

"We are aware that local residents close to the site have experienced further issues with dust. We have made Scottish Power aware of this and we expect them to resolve the problems as soon as possible."

NHS Fife Director of Public Health, Dr Margaret Hannah, said:

“NHS Fife has been in communication with Fife Council and SEPA who are working with Scottish Power to control the source of this dust and stop the problem.

“However, breathing in dust can be bad for your health especially if you have heart or lung disease, or asthma already.

“For this reason, whilst we do not have any evidence at present that the type of fine ash in West Fife presents a greater health risk than other fine dusts, those in the affected area are best advised to avoid inhaling the dust wherever possible.

“This may involve, for example, shutting windows and doors, and limiting outdoor activities, when it is dusty outside.”