Smell test urged for Rutherford

 A report that’s part of efforts to manage Rutherford’s chronic bad odours will recommend a project to test smells from nearby industries.

The Environment Protection Authority has given the draft report to the Rutherford air quality liaison committee, but it is yet to be publicly released.

The report includes a review of odour sampling data for the Rutherford area and action recommendations.

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said yesterday the review was the first stage of a program designed to control odours from the Rutherford industrial estate and other sources.

“The recommendations in the report include a project to sample odour sources of up to 20 potentially odorous industries around Rutherford and then feed this survey data into a computer model for analysis,’’ Ms Parker said. “These sources will be ranked according to their potential impacts on surrounding residential areas, with a view to identifying odour-minimisation opportunities.”

Air quality liaison committee Stephen Francis welcomed the draft report.

“The Rutherford community has waited for a long time for a resolution to its odour issues and these recommendations are an important step in progressing this,” Mr Francis said.

“We are now reviewing the draft report and expect to have the committee’s feedback to the EPA  later this month.”

The report is expected to be publicly available soon.

The authority will continue its regulatory presence in the Rutherford area. The Rutherford Clean Air Pilot Program was allocated $400,000 in the last  state budget.

Last year, Ms Parker suggested one of the outcomes of the program could be legally binding pollution reduction programs on industries found to be the source.

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