I'm posting this because I find the increasing use of public "naming and shaming" by government agencies sensationalist, curious and a little disturbing:
Scotland's "West Lothian Courier" reports a war of words has erupted between an environmental watchdog and West Lothian’s only crematorium.
The West Lothian crematorium at Kirkton Campus in Livingston was rated “very poor” by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) after an inspection last year.
The watchdog said in the report that the crematorium had failed to control pollution by not having furnaces hot enough when cremating bodies.
However the company that runs the site says it will sue SEPA over its decision to issue a warning , saying the organisation had “got it wrong”.
Last week SEPA put its latest compliance assessment reports online, naming some 360 Scottish companies that had failed to follow their guidelines.
In the report, the environmental watchdog said they had found a number of breaches at the crematorium.
It said: “The site failed to achieve the minimum temperature requirement of 800 degrees Celsius within the cremator secondary chamber on a number of occasions.
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This is the excerpt from SEPA's site:
Regime : PPC B
Sector : Waste
|West Lothian Crematorium, Livingston||Compliance Band : Very Poor|
The site failed to achieve the minimum temperature requirement of 800 degrees Celsius within the cremator secondary chamber on a number of occasions. This has resulted in Repeated Minor breaches being logged against the site for Environmental Limit Condition (ELC) 3.2.1. Additionally, SEPA did not receive notification nor follow-up reports for any of these incident resulting in a Major non-compliance being logged for Environmental Management Condition (EMC) 2.4. SEPA has assessed this sites EMC performance as low. Overall the site has recorded very poor compliance during 2011.
800C as the minimum temperature is interesting, if you know what I mean?