Smoke from the Downer bitumen plant area in Ravensbourne Rd
drifts over Logan Park on Tuesday.
Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and
operations director Jeff Donaldson said staff checked on the
plant's emissions and found it to be complying with its
resource consent conditions.
A recent audit of those requirements found it was only
emitting to air half the level it was allowed to under its
It was difficult to tell how much of the smoke came from the
plant and how much from nearby chimneys, he said.
No-one had complained to the council. Weather conditions such
as a lack of wind and an inversion layer could also make
smoke more apparent.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.