Boss Cleared in Toxic Dump Fury
Byline: KEITH MCLEOD
SCOTLAND'S environmental watchdog yesterday denied any conflict of interest when it approved the dumping of toxic waste by a company whose boss serves on its board.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency allowed Shanks & McEwan to dump 160 tons of contaminated earth at a landfill site at Greengairs, in Lanarkshire.
Campaigners opposed to the dumping were angry to discover that Shanks & McEwan managing director Ken Morin had a seat on SEPA's board.
The waste, which was too contaminated with PCB chemicals to bury legally in England, was sent to Scotland after the disposal company took advantage of a loophole in the law.
The watchdog said yesterday that Mr Morin had played no part in the decision to allow the dumping, which earned his company [pounds sterling]1,000 per ton.
Spokesman Alison Hay said: 'Mr Morin sits on the board once a month. The Greengairs issue was never discussed at board level, so he could not have had any input in his role with SEPA. …