Malcolm asks the Scottish Government to support CEC and residents
Question on the Seafield Waste Treatment Works Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
8. To ask the Scottish Government what action it and its agencies will take to address the environmental issues at the Seafield waste water treatment works. (S4O-01303)

Paul Wheelhouse (The Minister for Environment & Climate Change):
In line with the relevant code of practice, it is for regulators to ensure that effective arrangements are in place to minimise the emission of malodour from Seafield waste water treatment works. I recognise the memberís long interest in the issue. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is the regulator for the waste-handling parts of the site and the City of Edinburgh Council is the regulator for all the other parts. Scottish Water is committed to working closely with both regulators.

Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
Is the minister aware that, despite some investment by Scottish Water in Seafield, there are still frequent odour emissions that are completely unacceptable to the local community? Is he further aware that the City of Edinburgh Councilís transport, infrastructure and environment committee resolved at its meeting last week to make representations to Scottish Water about investment and action to deal with the continuing problems? Will he raise the matter with Scottish Water, as I will at a meeting this Friday?

Paul Wheelhouse (The Minister for Environment & Climate Change):
In the 2006 to 2010 regulatory period, we invested £20 million to tackle malodour at Seafield. Any further investment would need to be proposed by the relevant regulators, based clearly on evidence and be a proportionate response to the problem that has been identified. That is not to diminish the issue that the member raises, which I recognise is a serious problem and has been so for some 10 years.

I would be more than happy to meet the member following his meeting, which he mentioned, with Mr MacAskill and Scottish Water.
September 19th 2012