Scottish Government Owned Inverness Airport Among Worst Environmental Performers

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to lead by example following the publication of a report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) showing that HIAL Inverness Airport, which is owned by Scottish Ministers, is among 59 businesses in Scotland listed ‘very poor’ for environmental compliance.

The results published today (15/02/2018) by SEPA show Scottish regulated businesses achieved a six year high, with 91.7% of sites recorded as ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, or ‘Broadly Compliant’.

Another major concern in the north was the Dounreay Nuclear facility which was recorded as ‘Poor’.

John Finnie said:

“It is encouraging to see an overall improvement in environmental compliance from businesses and organisations in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland. This is due in no small part to the thoroughness of SEPA staff across the country and they deserve to be commended for that.

“The recent SEPA enforcement in the Cromarty Firth – halting the movement of two oil rigs – was a great illustration of them taking prompt and robust action to protect our precious environment. It is clear this has been happening across the country, in conjunction with businesses, culminating in today’s positive results.

“There are a number of extremely concerning issues that come out of the SEPA figures which shows the need for continued vigilance. I am astounded to see that HIAL Inverness Airport, which is owned by Scottish Ministers, has again been rated ‘very poor’. The Scottish Government and its various organisations must lead by example and I will be taking this issue up with Ministers when parliament returns next week.

“It is no surprise to see Dounreay listed among poor performers, yet this is still extremely concerning. I would hope that complying with environmental regulation would be the number one priority for the operators of a decommissioning nuclear plant and I will be raising my serious concerns with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.”