Oxigen Environmental Limited has been prosecuted at Dundalk District Court arising out of an EPA investigation into complaints about offensive odours emitting from their Coe’s Road premises.
The court was told last Thursday that the strong odours were caused by the stockpiling of brown-bin waste.
The company and its director Aidan Doyle pleaded guilty to a summons under the Waste Management Act, which related to the 24th of October 2012.
The court heard that under the terms of its licence from the Environmental Protection Agency, Oxigen Environmental is permitted to handle certain types of waste at its Coe’s Road facility. However, a site visit was carried out by an EPA inspector on foot of complaints from neighbouring businesses and residents who lived nearby, as under the terms of the permit, odours from the site should not cause a nuisance.
The inspector said she monitored four points downwind, and the odour readings were at a level that was causing a significant interference with the environment.
The inspector when she called to the premises and looked at a building that takes brown waste, the yard was in a poor condition with mucky waste, the roller doors weren’t fully closed and one was partially open.
She said the brown bin waste was stock piled and contributing to the odour. Aidan Doyle subsequently met EPA officials in Dublin to discuss the odour problem and steps were taken to address the issue.
The Inspector said on a return visit on March 20th last, she detected a nuisance odour at the North Link Retail Park. On that occasion the door was wide open although there wasn’t much waste left and the remainder was being taken off site. However, the half doors weren’t working.
Eleven days later, no odour was found and no waste was on site and the floors were being washed when the inspector visited.
Oxigen’s barrister said that the stockpiling issued had been addressed and it is now a transfer unit, where roadside collectors unload and the waste is moved offsite. There are also proposals to block up some of the doors permanently.
The court was told the firm has been operating since 1991 has a workforce of 400 and employs 100 people in Dundalk.
The company had one previous conviction in relation to its facility at Ballymount in Dublin while Mr. Doyle (35) had no previous convictions
After he heard the Oxigen has paid the EPA €9,000 for its legal and inspection costs Judge Flann Brennan gave Aidan Doyle the benefit of the Probation Act and fined the company €1,000.