Monday, September 26, 2022

Work is still continuing to try and deal with a persistent smell at a dairy plant on the Mayo-Roscommon border, writes Trevor Quinn.

Hundreds of residents in Ballaghaderreen and the surrounding area have been enduring foul odours from the Aurivo facility in recent weeks and months.

Hundreds of residents in Ballaghaderreen and the surrounding area have been enduring foul odours from the Aurivo facility in recent weeks and months

There was anger from dozens of locals at a meeting on September 8 last as residents described the reality of dealing with the ongoing smell, comparing it to raw sewage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified three breaches of its licence at the plant, two of which had since been resolved.

Willie Murphy, the co-operative’s site operations manager, said the third and final ammonia-related breach would be rectified very soon and said efforts were still continuing.

“We’re working on it, we’re still following our plan of action, but it will be a number of days away yet. It is going to take time and that’s just a feature of the process.”

Aurivo has committed to meeting residents again within the next two weeks.

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