West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is pleased to report that the Environment Agency have responded to residents’ concerns raised by Rosie and have now taken action against Suez over the Simonswood odour.
Many residents have been affected for a long time by foul smelling odour coming from the Suez Recycling and Recovery Rail Transfer Loading Station in Knowsley Business Park. During the period of April to June 2017, the Environment Agency received 31 reports of foul smelling odour in the area.
Having written to the Environment Agency in June this year, Rosie Cooper MP confirmed with the EA that they were working with the operator to produce a robust Odour Management Plan that identified the root cause of the smell and its eradication.
Following further investigations, EA have now served Suez with an Enforcement Notice to require the company to install a Carbon Filter Scrubber System to prevent or minimise odour as they are contravening conditions of their environmental permit.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“This is good news for the residents of Simonswood who have long been affected by the foul odour and for Simonswood Parish Council who have also supported the action against Suez.
“It is unacceptable and intolerable not to be able to enjoy your home and open your windows on a sunny day because of foul smells originating from a local business.
“I am grateful to the Environment Agency for taking action and it would appear that this is the longer term solution to the issues raised by my constituents and Simonswood Parish Council.
“I will continue to monitor the situation closely until I am fully assured that local residents will no longer have to put up with the dreadful odour.”
Suez now have until 27 March 2018 to install a suitable carbon filter scrubber system at the regulated facility under condition 3.2.1 following the EA’s decision that this condition of the environmental permit is being contravened. The EA served this notice on 6 December 2017.