Plans to build a waste recycling plant in the Howe of Fife are not connected to Kettle Produce, bosses at the giant facility have said.
Villagers are up in arms amid fears about the smell that could result if an application for a biogas plant between Freuchie and Kingskettle is approved.
But Kettle Produce has confirmed that the application is not for Orkie Farm, its vegetable processing facility, as was first thought. It says that the potential site is Orkie Miln Farm, which it does not own.
A spokesman said: “Orkie Miln Farm is on land adjacent to Kettle’s Orkie Farm and Kettle does not own this land nor has it instigated anything to do with the biogas plant.
“Kettle is aware of the planned plant but it has not agreed that its’ farm will be powered by any of the energy produced.
“At this point, Kettle Produce is not party to any more of the information that is already out in public domain.”
The application was in fact submitted to Fife Council by Mr J.R.Graham of Raecruick Farm, Dunshalt.
It is for an anaerobic digestion facility at Orkie Miln Farm that would be powered by some 24,000 tonnes of feedstock a year, comprising carrots, grass silage, distillery waste, manure and slurry.
The feedstock would be used to create biogas that would then be burned to generate power.
However, people living in surrounding communities have expressed concern about the proposed plant, which they fear would cause pollution, unacceptable smells and increased traffic.
They have also criticised Fife Council planners, who have ruled that an environmental impact is not necessary, despite the plans meeting a key criterion.
While conceding that it could pose a risk to nearby watercourses and wetland habitats through spillage of waste materials, planner Martin Patrick said that the risk could be assessed and managed effectively through the normal planning determination process and was not a significant enough concern to require a detailed study.