Fire at Oxigen Environmental Waste Facility, Ballymount, Dublin 22

Date released: Jan 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 at Air Quality Index for Health  and from 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 at Recent Incidents as information becomes available.