Ash Lagoons

PROPOSALS to prevent the ash clouds that blighted West Fife villages will be discussed next month.

In April and May last year, dust from the lagoons at Low Valleyfield was carried on the wind and hung over the area for weeks, sparking health warnings from NHS Fife and enforcement action from SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency).

Scottish Power apologised and have now come forward with proposals for engineering works and the final capping of the lagoons, with public exhibitions to be held in February.

The ash is a by-product of the coal burned at Longannet Power Station and when the plant was operational, the ash was mixed with water, transported and safely deposited in the lagoons.

Longannet closed in March 2016 and Scottish Power has no further need for the lagoons, which cover a vast area of more than 176 hectares – a full-size football pitch is typically just under one hectare.

After the disruption last year, the energy giant apologised and said the ash clouds had been caused by “exceptionally dry and windy” weather, adding that the dust was “not considered to be hazardous”.

However, SEPA served two enforcement notices on Scottish Power while school pupils were kept indoors at break times and NHS Fife issued several warnings.

This is an extract from the Dunfermline Press.  To read the full article click here.