clare county council dumped right in it

epa may as well visit here too...?

can you 'smell' the logic epa ...?

Firstly, I am not a big fan of landfills. Full stop. No-one wants them on their doorstep. But – but, everyone ‘on the doorstep’ uses them. A fair point? I think so. To the matter in hand…

I got a press release [read it in full here] to my mailbox that Clare County Council had received a *Non-Compliance Order From the EPA* regarding odour issues at its Central Waste Management Facility at Ballyduffbeg, near Inagh in County Clare.

The report relates to out-of-hours odour surveys carried out by an EPA inspector, who was based in the vicinity of the landfill from 31 January to 4 February 2009.

[who] …reported an odour, which he described as “moderate and impersistent” on 14 out of the 54 occasions. The EPA definition of a moderate odour is one that is ‘’easily detectable while walking and breathing normally, possibly offensive’’.

I emailed the PR company who drafted the release. They put me in touch with Clare County Councils Director of Service Ger Dollard. A nice guy. Here’s our conversation:

I emailed the PR firm first:

A Chara Mark
I was wondering if Clare County Coucil may be able to give details reagrding the ‘odour patrol’ – what exactly is an odour patrol ?
many thanks
Peter,
Your query below refers.
An odour patrol relates to staff representatives not working at the landfill driving a predetermined route on a regular basis to assess any odour issues at pre determined points.
The HSE also undertakes a separate odour patrol on a fortnightly basis whereby staff from the HSE drive around the general area and make a determination whether or not odour is evident at any particular location.
Hope this addresses your query.
Regards,
Gerard Dollard
Director of Service
A Chara Ger,
thank you for replying to my mail. For someone who knows little about this, do do they use specific equipment or is it just a sense of smell?
many thanks
Just a sense of smell. Staff not involved in the site are used so that it is a “fresh” perspective.
Eventually Ger called me. And so it seems The EPA’s specialist equipment for measuring smells is the nose they were born with. You heard me correctly… I know for example with aeroplanes we can measure noise levels. But your nose :roll:
So THE EPA detect a smell. They report it. And on the basis of some guys nose as scientific evidence, Clare County Council are brought to court and fined and prosecuted. Is this for real?
I spoke at length with Ger. I explained the rediculous point at which county councils had gone to to promote household recycling of tea bags, grass & egg shells [yada yada...] in *our* compost heaps – then they brought out the mandatory brown bin - such ill-logic.
My question now is where are all the big guns… the free public relations people & county councillors… where is Cllr. Madeleine Taylor Quinn of Fine Gael the Mayor of Clare and her Deputy Mayor Cllr. Bill Chambers of Fianna Fáil…. Well were are you?

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3 Comments

  1. Roseanne Smith March 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Well they definitely had an odour detector gadget on CSI once but Grisson pooh-poohed it (Bu-dum-dum-shh)
    R

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort March 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    A Chara Roseanne,

    are you suggesting…
    C.S.I. E.P.A. :lol:
    like it.. love it!
    R.T.E.?

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