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Ireland's hasty odour law aims to duck legal action


IRELAND IS to rush in new odour control regulations for sewage treatment plants in a bid to head off legal action threatened by the European Commission.

The Department of the Environment (DoE) said regulations demanding that new sewage treatment works be fully enclosed and fi tted with filters to remove noxious odours will be introduced within the 'next few weeks'.

The move comes after the Commission claimed the stench from Dublin's Ringsend sewage treatment works breached European Union standards (News last week).

It has threatened legal action because 'legislation promised by the Irish government to better regulate the management of such plants has not yet materialised'.

The Commission has given Ireland two months to explain how it will eliminate the ingsend smell and is also pressing the government to sort out smelly sewage works elsewhere in the Republic.

The new regulations will not apply to Ringsend, where the smell problem has been partially resolved. Dublin City Council has spent £600,000 enclosing parts of the plant and increasing air fi tration, a DoE spokesman said.

Teething problems are expected to be cleared up within a couple of months, he added.

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