Whiff of trouble lingers over gasworks

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The first phase of the Gasworks project gets under way

GAS Networks Ireland has taken a hammering from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on foot of numerous complaints about smells coming from a site it is working on in Limerick City.

The organisation was one of a number countrywide which have been taken to task by the environmental watchdog in its latest report.

The EPA has put the old gasworks site on O’Curry Street on a watch list for failure to comply with environmental standards.

Gas Networks is currently carrying out a multi-million euro project at the three-acre site to prepare it for further development but local residents have complained that the smell from the area is very disturbing.

The company says it has “remediated” 90 per cent or more of the soil on the site in preparation for commercial development and that disturbance can produce odours.

However, a spokesman added that the air quality in the vicinity of the site was being constantly monitored.

A number of locals and businesses claimed to have been affected by the issue and Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has met with them and pledged to take the issue further.

Local residents have begun a campaign on social media over their concerns about the works.

The EPA listed the area as being one of a number of sites countrywide where concerns were expressed about odours or emissions.