Environmental agency upholds complaints of smell at Dairygold plant

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

Complaints about odour from the Dairygold Mallow plant have been upheld by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It received four complaints in relation to odours from the facility between the May 9 and 28 this year. The EPA investigated these complaints and found Dairygold was in non-compliance with the licence conditions relating to odour and has opened two compliance investigations in relation to the matter.

According to the EPA Dairygold is required to undertake a series of corrective actions to ensure that odours from the activity do not cause nuisance and says it will monitor Dairygold’s progress in undertaking these actions and will continue to enforce Dairygold’s licence in accordance with the EPA’s enforcement policy.  

A spokesperson for Dairygold said it has been positively addressing issues relating to its wastewater treatment plant facility in Mallow.

"We recently undertook a review of the plant and implemented a programme of works to alleviate intermittent odours from the plant.

"Dairygold can confirm that three site audits were carried out by the EPA in May during the period when Dairygold was actively working to resolve the issue."

He went on to say that the Society has taken this matter very seriously and believes that the situation has improved.  

"Dairygold continues to closely monitor the situation to minimise the risk of any repeat occurrence.”

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