Cockburn Cement seeks approval for six month odour neutralising trial

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COCKBURN Cement is seeking governmental approval to run a six month trial aimed at reducing odours released in the lime production process.

The company has asked the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to start the three stage odour neutralising trial in December.

Cockburn Cement cement and lime executive general manager Brad Lemmon said the trial would involve spraying odour neutraliser Aireactor OWD into the emission stream after it had gone through existing pollution control equipment but before it left the two operational stacks.

He said the aim was for the droplets to block the smell and improve amenity for nearby residents.

“As part of our Odour Management Plan we are continuing to devote considerable effort to determine the emissions source, profile and compounds for odour that may be emitted from our lime kilns,” he said.

“We want to obtain a conclusive understanding of the cause of odour, so we can adopt specific and targeted actions to reduce it.

“The neutraliser trial approaches the issue from a new perspective and will reduce amenity impact on residents while we address the source of odour.”

Mr Lemmon said the trial would only address odour emitted as part of the lime production process and that residents might still notice smells created by other industry, waste or agricultural activities.

The results of the trial are expected to be released in the second half of 2019.