Chairman Dr John Markland also warned against complacency, telling delegates he felt there is still a long way to go towards a sustainable Scotland. While there was a huge amount of activity already in place to move towards a more sustainable society, there was no room for complacency, she stated. SEPA chairman Ken Collins told the conference that profound social and economic problems could be tackled by concerted action to improve the environment.
These were just some of the key messages to over 250 delegates at the State of Scotland’s Environment and Natural Heritage conference held in Edinburgh. We must ensure everyone has a say in local marketing examples protecting their immediate environment, be careful not to over exploit our natural resources, and prioritise the establishment of a set of sustainable development indicators. A clean and protected environment should be one of the key factors to providing a sustainable society for all Scotland’s people. No water pollution was reported during the clean-up which is a very positive outcome, underpinned by advice from SEPA staff.
SEPA has continued to support the State Veterinary Service and Scottish Executive during this period in providing advice on environmental protection. In Scotland, the cleansing and disinfection work at infected and neighbouring premises is complete and re-stocking has started in some areas. There have been no new officially confirmed cases of foot and mouth disease in the UK since 30 September and in Scotland the last case was confirmed at the end of May.
SEPA staff are also giving advice on the sealing and restoration work at Birkshaw Forest to reduce contamination leaching from the site and prevent run off to nearby watercourses. The information on groundwater quality is being collected on behalf of the Scottish Executive to inform their management actions. Local rivers remain unaffected at the burial site, and weekly samples from groundwater monitoring wells confirm that the risk of pollution is low. Routine monitoring is continuing at the main burial sites in Scotland and SEPA is focusing on the mass burial site at Birkshaw Forest because of the scale of activity there.
The Internet is an excellent way of communicating beneficial real-time information to all users of the port, be they commercial or leisure users. This project has been greatly assisted by the support of the RNLI and the Solent Cruising and Racing Association and highlights the close working relationship that ABP enjoys with these organisations. In addition to developing a new coal terminal at Immingham, ABP is also developing a £35 million riverside terminal at the port for Danish shipping line, DFDS Tor Line.
We hope that the sites will be the first port of call for anyone using Southampton Water and the central Solent. The vegetable-oil specialist, Kerfoot Group, is set to expand its operations at Associated British Ports (ABP) Port of Goole on the back of a new long-term agreement with ABP. seo basics At present, Kerfoot operates eight storage tanks at the port, which are used to handle refined vegetable oil, imported mainly for the food industry. Under the agreement with ABP, Kerfoot will relocate its packing and blending factory currently at Bedale in North Yorkshire to the port.
The new factory will meet the British Retail Consortium s Technical Food Standard , the national standard that is a mark of quality assurance and ensures food safety in the supply chain. It will be able to handle many different oils on a dedicated basis, and will also be equipped with the latest hi-tech packing and washing facilities.
This will make Goole our key operating centre, while we will still maintain our speciality-oils factory at Leeming Bar and our head office in Bedale. We are delighted to have reached this new agreement with Kerfoot Group, a valued customer which came to the port five years ago and has delivered year-on-year growth since then. This demonstrates how we grow our business by working closely with quality customers and providing facilities to suit their needs.