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City of Greater Dandenong Council received a series of reports from residents in early 2018 about an odour emanating from a factory in Keysborough that was causing nausea and headaches.
Dandenong’s Officer for the Protection of the Local Environment (OPLE) reviewed council and EPA records and identified more than 25 independent reports over the past five years that may have been attributable to the same source.
During a joint inspection with council in March 2018, the OPLE was informed by a site representative that recent odour reports had coincided with the manufacture of a certain product.
“The business was checking and logging odour emissions as part of their environmental management plan and had engaged a consultant to help address the problem. I advised them that the odour was having adverse effects on human health and that failing to remedy the situation could result in sanction of the duty holder.”
A follow-up inspection in May 2018 found that management had established a range of new controls to reduce their emissions.
“The business upgraded its filter system and increased the alkaline levels in its wet scrubber unit to reduce the intensity of fumes leaving the premises. It’s important that all businesses have the necessary controls to prevent offsite odour impacts.”
As of February 2019, no additional odour reports attributable to the duty holder have been lodged with EPA or Greater Dandenong Council.
Further information about preventing odour pollution can be found here.
Page last updated on 13 May 2019