Fire at Oxigen, Merrywell, Dublin

Date released: Jan 30 2014

Fire out at Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility, Ballymount, Dublin 22


January 30 2014: Dublin Fire Brigade has extinguished the fire at Oxigen Environmental and stood down from the site on Wednesday afternoon,  29th January.

The EPA attended the site each day and provided air quality information and advice through its website and twitter feeds @EPAAirQuality and @EPAIreland.

The EPA is continuing its investigations, after which it will consider further enforcement action.

 

January 29 2014: The fire at the Oxigen Environmental waste facility in Ballymount is now largely extinguished however Dublin Fire Brigade is still in attendance at the scene and extinguishing any remaining smoldering waste.
Smoke levels are significantly reduced today but air quality may be poor in locally affected areas. The EPA advice to members of the public in the areas affected by the smoke remains as follows:

 

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. If in any doubt speak to your doctor.
Further information and advice continues to be available on the EPA website at www.epa.ie/air/quality/ andwww.epa.ie/air/quality/index/#d.en.51479 or subscribe to our twitter feed @EPAAirQuality.


EPA inspectors are attending at the scene each day and continuing to assess the situation and to liaise with the Fire Brigade, HSE and local authorities.

The EPA is undertaking its own investigation of the fire, after which the Agency will consider further enforcement action.

This notice will be updated as information becomes available.

  

Update: January 28 2014

Dublin Fire Brigade is continuing to fight the fire at the Oxigen Environmental Waste facility in Ballymount.  EPA inspectors are in attendance at the site and are assessing the situation. 

The fire is still giving rise to smoke emissions in the locality. The EPA advice to members of the public in the areas affected by the smoke remains as follows:

In Dublin, smoke from Ballymount fire may cause poor air quality in local areas for the rest of today.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. If in any doubt speak to your doctor.

Further information and advice continues to be available on the EPA website.  Also see the Air Quality Index for Health page or subscribe to our twitter feed @EPAAirQuality.

Firewater is being contained on site and will be sent for appropriate disposal.

While continuing to liaise with the Fire Brigade and Gardaí, the EPA is undertaking its own investigation, after which the Agency will consider further enforcement action.

This notice will be updated as information becomes available.

Update: January 27 2014

The EPA was informed on the 25th January 2014, via our emergency line, of a serious fire at the Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility in Ballymount, Dublin.  In coordination with the Gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade is managing the incident.  The EPA has attended the site each day and has been providing assistance to the Fire Brigade.  There is a significant reduction in smoke from the facility today.   

The EPA advice to members of the public in the areas affected by the smoke remains as follows:

In Dublin, smoke from Ballymount fire may cause poor air quality in local areas for the rest of today.

Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. If in any doubt speak to your doctor.
 
Further information and advice continues to be available from the EPA website and on the twitter feed @EPAAirQuality.

 While continuing to liaise with the Fire Brigade and Gardaí, the EPA is undertaking its own investigation, after which the Agency will consider further enforcement action. 

This notice will be updated as information becomes available.

Incident Notification: January 25 2014

 The EPA was notified early on Saturday 25th January 2014 of a fire at the Oxigen recycling and waste processing facility at Merrywell, Dublin.

 The Fire Service are at the scene and are working to bring the fire under control. The EPA have been on site and are liaising with the fire service.  The fire is generating a lot of smoke and the EPA will continue to monitor the situation.

 
Air Quality advice is being provided through media outlets and via the EPA's twitter account @EPAAirQuality

 Twitter: EPA Air Quality @EPAAirQuality

 Smoke plume in Dublin from major fire on Ballymount Road. Keep windows closed and stay indoors if in direct path of plume.

09:25 AM - 25 Jan 14