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Fishmeal plant inquiry imminent

UK - A proposed fishmeal plant for the north of Shetland will come under the spotlight again next week when an inquiry reporter from the Scottish Executive visits the isles.

Graven resident group has appealed against a decision by the Shetland Islands Council's marine development sub committee to grant permission for a 1,000 metre waste water outfall pipe, running into Sullom Voe.

The Icelandic company Sildarvinnslan (SVN) wants to build a £10 million fish processing plant which should handle around 100,000 tonnes of fish annually. The resident group is fiercely opposed to the development that could bring five permanent and 15 seasonal jobs to the area near the Sullom Voe oil terminal.

Local residents are worried about smell, pollution, noise, visual impact and the factory's impact on efforts to attract tourists to the area. They also say that the outfall pipe would pollute the waters of the voe and lead to the demise of local sea trout stocks.

The SIC granted planning permission for the factory on 31 May, and a works licence for seawater intake and wastewater outfall pipes on 16 June this year.

Source: Shetland Marine News

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