THE NETHERLANDS, Boxtel. The investigation into the odour nuisance at Vion Boxtel, which was instituted at the end of last year, is almost complete. Research agency Witteveen+Bos has carried out an independent investigation into the odour detected in the surrounding area. All odour sources at the company have been identified.
Based on this, the Group has already implemented various measures to tackle the odour sources. In addition, Vion wants to invest in a new chimney to which additional odour sources can be connected. In consultation with the municipality of Boxtel, a licensing procedure will be started to raise the height of the air purifier’s existing chimney in order to reduce the odour nuisance noticed in the area. The investment involved has been estimated at around € 750,000. In the past year, the company has already invested € 350,000 in odour control improvements as a result of the investigation. In total, it expects to invest more than € 1.5 mill. in odour reduction at Boxtel.
The aim of the investigation was to assess the odour situation and ascertain whether and how improvements could be made. Research agency Witteveen+Bos led the investigation. They discussed the findings with the focus group, consisting of local residents, at the town hall in Boxtel, together with the environmental service, the municipality of Boxtel and Vion. The investigation report will be published by 1 December.
The investigation has been somewhat delayed by the measures taken in response to the coronavirus. This meant that the laboratory had to be temporarily closed. John de Jonge, Chief Operating Officer of Vion’s pork Business Unit: ‘‘Thanks to the information gathered during the investigation, we have been able to implement targeted measures. It is our intention to replace the existing chimney by investing in a new chimney for the air purifier.’’