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 MarkI 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 DollardDirector 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.