Scottish agency tells contractors to stop working at former Chunghwa factory because of potential ozone depleting materials

Demolition of parts of a former electronics factory has been stopped due to concerns over hazardous materials.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has told contractors to stop work on the former Chunghwa Picture Tubes factory in North Lanarkshire because it believes cladding and roof panels contain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

The agency said it was working with contractors Bowmair & Kirkland and investigating whether any of the Kingspan panels have been destroyed on site, where site waste goes, and what kind of waste remains on site.

Officials ordered demolition to be stopped on Monday last week and visited the site the following day.

SEPA recommend the panels are sent for treatment, so they can be cut and placed in a fridge treatment plant.

The factory, which manufacturers cathode-ray tubes for television and other screens, opened in 1996 and closed five years ago.