As everyone in the locality knows, Mossmorran had another bout of flaring, which lasted over a couple of days, day and night, constantly, much to the annoyance of the locality. Below is a video captured by a local resident on the morning of 21/06/10, which clearly shows the light pollution, residents have to tolerate. The flaring began on 19/06/10, so residents had no other choice but to tolerate the Light and Noise Pollution for 3 days.

Noise Pollution

Noise Pollution is unwanted sound that disturbs the environment, and this can cover loud music, factories, construction work, and anything else that makes an unwanted sound, such as Mossmorran.

Noise Pollution is measured in decibels, and at 45 decibels, no human being can sleep, at 85 decibels hearing can be damaged, and at 120 decibels the ear is in pain.

Noise Pollution has an adverse affect on human health including irritability, heartburn, indigestion, ulcers, high blood pressure and heart disease. Noise Pollution can alter our endocrinal, neurological, and cardiovascular functions in many individuals. Prolonged or frequent exposure to Noise Pollution can mean that the physiological disturbances can become chronic and contribute to mental illness

Light Pollution

Light Pollution as defined by the International Dark-Sky Association is: “Any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste.”

There is now significant evidence showing that Light Pollution can bring on psychological stresses and create medical problems in children. In children by disturbing the sleeping patterns of the child with light pollution can significantly increase the chances of the child growing up short-sighted, having to wear glasses, hyper-activity, and in general have a negative impact on the child’s health.

More stress can be caused, and suicides and now there is evidence that light pollution can disrupt the body’s production of melatonin, which is a brain hormone which is secreted at night and triggers a host of biochemical activity, including a nocturnal reduction in the body’s production of oestrogen. Research has shown that decreasing nocturnal melatonin production increases an individual’s risk of developing oestrogen-related malignancies, such as breast cancer.

Is Mossmorran Affecting my Health?

We do not have the authority, or research to answer that question.

That however leads us to ask if Mossmorran should be made liable to pay for research into the possible detrimental environmental and health effects of living nearby to the Mossmorran complex, on the conditions that (1) Research is independent and out with the influence of Mossmorran but influenced by the local community. (2) Any groups to be considered for conducting the research should be chosen by a joint committee made up by local members of the community within the local areas affected.

Credits
  1. Video Credits – Robbie2ms
  2. International Dark-Sky Association
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution
  4. http://www.environmental-protection.org.uk/neighbourhood-nuisance/light-pollution/
  5. http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/health.html?7O
  6. http://www.darkskies4ni.co.uk/what_lp.html
  7. http://www.geogise.com/environmental-issues/noise-pollution.php
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_pollution

Do you feel Mossmorran is negatively impacting on your health or life? Why not let us know in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. Campbell

    June 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    It can’t possibly be good for your health. It would be interesting to see if there were any increases in respiratory problems such as asthma in the local areas since Mossmorran came on line

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  2. Mclean

    July 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I totally agree, I am sure there was a doctor who resigned due to an increase of respiratory problems which he believed was the cause of Mossmorran.

    I think it was Dr Bates that raised concern?

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  3. A. Reid

    July 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    When Mossmorran is flaring, I end up with a really sore head, I feel tired and my energy levels lower. The flaring through the night keeps me awake. It used to be even worse before I got double-glazing as the old windows used to rattle in their frames. Personally, I don’t think its right we have to put up with this kind of pollution. In the earlier days there seemed to be even less regulation and Mossmorran would flare for days on end, you could visible see people around you becoming more drained. Even now the noise during flaring is like having a jet plane directly overhead, and the constant pressure from the vibration is absolutely draining. The other thing I’d like to mention is the black smoke that sometimes emits prior to flaring, definitely not clean!

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  4. Ben K

    July 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I happen to know St Andrews Uni carry out air quality checks in the vacinity to check for any possible ill effect caused to the local enviroment by the mossmorran site, im sure ive seen these findings posted publically and issued to the community council.
    Think it really depends who you talk to in the community, we live in a socially deprived area since the coal mines ceased operation, somebody always blames somebody for the respiratory problems, heavy smoking, the whole rape seed oil fields which recieved all the balme 10-15 years ago, the fact the MOD dumped radioactive dial guages into the Forth
    Loud constant noise and light isnt good for anybody, thats for sure, but dont buy into the whole conspiracy theories that they are to blame for everything

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