Four Agri businesses in the country have been named by the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) as needing to clean up their act with regards their waste.
The warning was made as the EPA announced a new enforcement initiative aimed at driving environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities.
Four Agri based businesses have been named as a National Priority site, and the new enforcement initiative is aimed specifically at them.
This means that the EPA will be keeping a close eye on any business listed, and will be seeking improved environmental protection methods by each business.
There were 5 sites in total named on the list, and 3 out of the 5 make up over 50% of all complaints received so far in 2017.
The top most visited sites were within the Waste sector, while the highest level of non-compliance was found in businesses of the Food & Drink sector.
In total fines to the tune of €178,000 were handed out over 11 prosecutions in 2016, while there were over 1,500 inspections carried out, of which 95% were unannounced.
A high number of complaints were received, in excess of 1,000, and two thirds of these related to odour complaints.
The Agri based businesses who were named on the list include Arrow Group Limited, who received odour and noise complaints, Rosderra Irish meats Group, again receiving noise and odour complaints, Tipperary Co-operative Creamery, on the list due to waste water complaints/pollution worries, and finally TJ Standish LTD, who received complaints soli and underwater contamination against them.
The companies listed above will now face fines from the EPA should they be investigated again and be found guilty of the same offences.
The Full EPA industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement report for 2016 can be found via the EPA website at www.epa.ie