Oil plant licence to be reviewed
The operating licence of a plant at the centre of complaints about foul odours is to have its licence reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Enva, an oil-recycling plant in Laois, was advised by the EPA last week that its emissions licence is being reviewed.
Residents who live in the vicinity of the plant have complained about foul odours.
The company was prosecuted in the District Court last month for licence breaches and fined €8,000.
In its notification to Enva week, the EPA said the licence review was initiated in part because of "evidence which was not available when the licence was granted" relating to the "contents or nature of the emissions."
John Whelan, the Labour Senator who has campaigned on behalf of residents, hailed the licence review as a "significant breakthrough".
He said: "What they are now proposing is what should have been done all along, a forensic and transparent review of the plant's operations and processes, open to public consultation and retrospective in terms of the plant's processed emissions from the recycling of hazardous waste oil."
The Environmental Protection Agency moved against the plant after it had received 32 complaints of smells last summer.
It had previously told complainants the plant was "largely compliant" with its licence and was not a health risk.