EGR, a plastics and manufacturing company based in Brisbane, is being investigated in relation to a ‘chemical’ smell affecting local residents.
The Courier Mail reports that residents from the southside suburbs Moorooka and Salisbury have been complaining to Brisbane city council about the irritating smell for months.
Brisbane City Council has now issued EGR, which itself is based in Salisbury, with a notice requiring it to conduct an environmental investigation under section 326B of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Brisbane City Council Lifestyle chairwoman Krista Adams told the Courier Mail that council had visited more than 20 industrial businesses in the area in its effort to identify the source of the odour.
She said that the company is conducting an internal investigation into the problem and reviews of its water treatment processes and maintenance procedures.
She added that the company undertook major maintenance work on its water treatment system on July 12, and since that date complaints about the smell have dropped by 90 per cent.
“If the results of the environmental investigation show noncompliance with any environmental standards, the business’s Environmental Authority may be suspended, preventing any further work until they comply with requirements set in the Environmental Protection Act and in their conditions of their Environmental Authority,” Cr Adams said.
According to the Courier Mail, locals have compared the smell to cat urine, diesel or a chemical smell; and claimed it causes a burning sensation in the throat.