06 Oct 2022

'Foul stench' from meat plant on Waterford-Kilkenny border highlighted by councillors

'Foul stench' from meat plant raised as a cause for concern in Kilkenny

Entrance to Waterford Proteins

Councillors in South Kilkenny have raised concerns over the 'foul stench' allegedly emanating from a meat processing plant in Ferrybank.

Addressing members of Piltown Municipal Council, Cllr Fidelis Doherty stated that the 'odour and stench' being emitted by the Waterford Proteins plant is 'unacceptable'.

"There have also been reports of animal liquids leaking out of vehicles on the way to the plant," she said.

Cllr Tomás Breathnach also raised his concerns over 'discharges into the River Suir'.

While the plant is located in a predominantly industrial area, there are residential dwellings within a relatively close proximity.

Vehicles travelling to the plant also regularly travel through the built-up residential area of Ferrybank, on the Waterford-Kilkenny border.

The meat plant's license is currently up for review and it has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a licence renewal.

It has also applied to increase its meat rendering capacity from 375 tonnes per day to 600 tonnes.

Last month, the plant was told by the EPA to carry out investigations of its facilities following public complaints.

Cllr Doherty and Cllr Breathnach have urged the public, if this issue is a concern to them, to make their feelings on the matter known to the EPA.

Waterford Live contacted Waterford Proteins in relation to the issues raised and received the following response: 

"ABP [trading as Waterford Proteins] is currently engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a routine license review for its Ferrybank plant.

"ABP is fully cooperating with the EPA on this matter, which is currently underway.
"ABP has operated in Ferrybank for almost 50 years. The company also regularly engages with the EPA on a variety of matters including announced and unannounced site visits to ensure full compliance with the EPA license for the facility."

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