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The lives of residents living on the opposite side of Loch Eil from the Duisky landfill site are still being ‘made a misery’ by bad odours, last week’s meeting of Kilmallie Community Council was told.
According to some residents, the problem is so bad the smell has made them sick.
Community council secretary Russell Leaper told the meeting: ‘Residents involved met with SEPA [Scottish Environment Protection Agency] in April and there have been a number of additional complaints since then.
‘Some residents claim to have been sick on a number of occasions because of the smell.
‘SEPA did tests in May on the levels of methane being emitted but said these were not outwith the values that would require them to take any action.
‘We’ve been nagging SEPA for months and got an update today, but it doesn’t seem like they are planning to take action.
‘The residents’ lives are being made a misery and they don’t seem to be planning to do anything about it.’
Mr Leaper said the next thing should be for the community council to ask SEPA what the permitted levels of methane are.
‘I don’t know if these were just measured on a day when the site is actually emitting this gas and residents are smelling it because of the wind direction.’
A government ban is due to come into force in 2021, prohibiting household waste being landfilled at sites such as Duisky, which is registered with SEPA as being operated by Locheil Logistics Limited.
But the Kilmallie meeting heard there were doubts over the implementation of the ban.
Asked to comment, a SEPA spokesperson said: ‘Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment. SEPA is aware of an ongoing issue with nuisance odours at the Duisky landfill.
‘An action plan is in place with the operators of the site to ensure improvements are put in place which will actively limit the potential for nuisance odours to impact on local residents.
‘SEPA officers will continue to liaise with the operator to monitor the progress of the action plan and encourage residents to report future odour complaints to the Pollution Hotline on 0800 807060.’