Two local firms on EPA complaints list

Cathal Sweeney

Reporter:

Cathal Sweeney

Two local firms on EPA complaints list
The Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) has reported that last year, Cooley Distillery, Riverstown, and Oxigen Environmental, Coes Road, Dundalk, received a large amount of complaints due to noise and odour pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) has reported that last year, Cooley Distillery, Riverstown, and Oxigen Environmental, Coes Road, Dundalk, received a large amount of complaints due to noise and odour pollution.

The report states that around 80% of the 149 complaints made last year were linked to five sites. The sites listed were Nurendale, Co. Meath, Rosderra Irish Meats Group Co. Offaly. Arrabawn Co-operative Society Limited Co. Tipperary. Arrow Group Co. Kildare and Cooley Distillery, which received a total of 27 complaints.

In 2014, Three firms were prosecuted under environmental legislation, most of the firms were reported to have breached their licence agreement. Oxigen Environmental, Coes Road, Dundalk were ordered to pay a total of €9,000.

In the report, the waste-disposal company is listed as the fourth most complained about site in Ireland. A total of 64 complaintswere made last year in relation to odours emitting from the site Gerard O’ Leary, Director of the EPA in Ireland commented on the report

“People living near industrial and waste sitesshould not be exposed to nuisance odour or noise. Historically, waste management activities were the dominant source of odour complaints received by the EPA. However, the Food & Drink sector now accounts for 40 per cent of all odour complaints and 64 per cent of all noise complaints. The EPA will continue to use enforcement powers to bring the operators of these facilities into line and ensure they improve their environmental performance and achieve compliance with their licence requirements.”