Gaseous smells leaves residents ‘fuming’ FROM PAGE 1

2016-04-19 06:00

She said something seriously needs to be done and fears that the second landfill site to be built next to the current site will cause further problems.

“We're all literally sick from the situation, this last week has been particularly potent and unbearable, with some of my peers landing up in hospital with pneumonia. We are increasingly worried about the damage this is doing to our families and our health.”

EnviroServ manager Clive Kidd said he is aware of the problem and the company is investigating the matter.

He said that EnviroServ recently learnt about odour problems being experienced at the Plantations Estate and other residential areas within a five kilometre radius of the facility.

“Our on-site odour control and management processes are normally sufficient to prevent the waste body or leachate causing a nuisance to neighbouring communities. No material health risks have been reported at the Shongweni facility,” he said.

“As our facility is licensed to receive both hazardous and general waste streams.
“We acknowledge the possibility that odours from the site could be migrating into neighbouring communities.
“This could be due to the calm weather conditions and inversion layers experienced in the region at this time of the year.”

Kidd said that in consultation with various community representatives, EnviroServ has set up an air-quality monitoring station within the Plantations Estate, where the bulk of recent complaints have originated.

“Air sampling will be conducted over the next 15 days by an independent air-quality specialist, who will then report the findings to the community, probably at the end of May.
“These results, along with input from our on-site air quality monitoring network, will help to determine the likely origin of the odours reported by residents.”

EnviroServ urges community members who experience odours to contact the EnviroServ call centre on 0800 204 960. Complaints will be logged and analysed in an effort to learn more about the most likely sources of odours.

“Independent specialists, including medical practitioners are available to respond directly to complainants who have specific concerns about the potential health effects, or environmental impacts of fugitive odours.

“In parallel with the air quality investigation, EnviroServ has made some operational changes on site which will reduce the potential for odours.
“EnviroServ is committed to working with all stakeholders to identify the source of the odours and to taking the necessary corrective action should it be linked to our facility,” Kidd added.

For further information, contact Kidd on 082 779 6318 or email
clivek@enviroserv.co.za

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