Since mid-December a constant disgusting odour had been coming from the Kyletalisha dump, complained Cllr Marc Connolly at Mountmellick Town Council last week.
In foggy weather, the odour had hung over the town, he said. It seemed to him that the flares on the dump were no working. “Who is monitoring this?” he asked.
Cllr Paddy Bracken, a member of the Kyletalisha monitoring committee, said a capping operation was going on at the tiphead which, he pointed out, was to close. There had been some leakage. The monitoring had complied with EPA guidelines, he added.
Cllr Denis O’Mara: “How long have we to put up with this. A year? Two years?”
Cllr Bobby Delaney said a nearby farmer, Mr Denis Whelan, had told him that the smell from the tiphead had never been as bad before.
Cllr Connolly: “People are entitled to know what type of gas they are inhaling.”
Cathaoirleach Rosemary Whelan: “We will have a full report for the next meeting.”