THE ORGIN of unpleasant odours detected in Shannon has not yet been identiﬁed, according to the EPA.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and Clare County Council are investigating the presence of an unsavoury smell in the town.
Both authorities are carrying out odour checks in an attempt to pinpoint the source of the smell which has been reported in Smithstown and Ballycasey in recent weeks.
The reports that a smell was in circulation prompted widespread concern in Shannon, after another smell emerged over two years ago and lingered on for some time.
In a statement released to The Clare People yesterday, a spokesperson for the EPA conﬁrmed that an investigation into the odour complains is continuing.
“Both authorities (the EPA in Clare County Council) have been carrying out odour assessments in the area over the last couple of weeks. Odours have been detected during some of these assessments but their precise origin has yet to be determined.
“It is important to note that differ- ent types of odour have been detected during some of these assessments, and there are also a number of different activities in the area, so it is difﬁcult to identify the precise reason for the main odour which is predominantly giving rise to nuisance in the area,” said the spokesperson.
Local Senator Tony Mulcahy (Fine Gael) said that the root of the problem must be pinpointed as a matter of urgency.
“The EPA need to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. These things seem to keep going on. This has to be stopped. There are health concerns,” he told The Clare People .
A spokesperson for the county council said, “These complaints were investigated by Clare County Council and this investigation is ongoing. It is acknowledged that there is an odour present. The matter has also been referred to the EPA for investigation.”
In March of this year, the EPA put monitoring measures in place in the town and indicated at the time that it would continue for up to a year.
The EPA’s mobile laboratory which is located in the town actively analyses the quality of air in the town and surrounding areas.