The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) strongly denies the allegations made by Labour Party spokesperson for the Environment Leo Brincat that its Director for Corporate Services Ing. Ray Piscopo may have a conflict of interest in relation to the matters involving the Authority's offices at Hexagon House.
Ing. Piscopo had been commissioned by the Malta University Services together with other independent experts to carry out an impact assessment on the Waste Oils Ltd installation when he was in private employment, before his appointment as Director of Environment Protection way back in 2002. Ing. Piscopo was never employed or under the payroll of Waste Oils Limited or any other waste oil company.
Ing. Piscopo is currently coordinating the various efforts to solve the odour emissions in the area which include the involvement of two chemical experts, a toxicologist, engineers and a joint team from the Environment and Planning Department and Environmental Health Department of the DH.