Smoke plume remains
Update: fire at the Valencia Waste Management Ltd site outside Dunbar.
SEPA and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service continue to attend the site and monitor the situation and have advised that the fire is ‘under control and being managed by the site operator’ however a plume of smoke will continue to be evident.
The weather forecast over the rest of the day suggests that the smoke may begin to drift from east to west and general health advice is to keep windows and doors closed and avoid being outside for long periods of time if the smoke is particularly bad.
Schools are being advised to keep pupils inside the building.
Dr Alex Cockburn, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Lothian, said: “We are working with partner agencies to closely monitor the situation in Dunbar and surrounding areas.
“SEPA and East Lothian Council have confirmed that the site is authorised to dispose of non-hazardous waste. Nonetheless, we would urge people living in the area to keep doors and windows closed and not to spend prolonged periods of time outdoors, especially if they can see smoke. The same would apply to schools and we would ask headteachers to keep children in the buildings at break and lunchtimes if possible.
“If anyone with a respiratory complaint has concerns about a change in symptoms and they live locally, they should look on NHS Inform https://www.nhsinform.scot/ for advice or contact NHS24 on 111.”