A DECISION by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to install an air quality monitor near the Irish Cement plant in Castlemungret has been welcomed.
Since the end of March this year, the EPA has received a significant number of complaints about dust deposition from residents of the Mungret and Raheen areas of Limerick City. Complaints have also been received by Limerick City and County Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE) Mid-West.
The complaints have described thick dust deposited on cars, roofs and windows, solar panels and garden furniture. Complainants have all stated their belief that the source of the dust was likely to be the nearby Irish Cement plant, which operates under an EPA Licence.
The EPA and Limerick City and County Council are now establishing a network of dust monitoring units in four locations in Limerick City that will provide information on dust levels for assessment against air quality standards and will support ongoing health risk assessment by the HSE. The first of these units has been located in the Mungret/ Raheen area, and the remaining units should be in place by the end of this week.
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