The EPA has today (Thursday, July 18th) published its Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2018 which gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across more than 800 licensed facilities last year.
- 15 sites were identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement by the EPA in 2018 - mostly in the food and drink (6 sites) and waste (5 sites) sectors. Improvements have been made at most of these sites but currently, five sites remain on the EPA National Priority Site list.
- 15 prosecutions in 2018 resulting in fines and costs of over €241,000 being imposed.
- 1,490 site inspections carried out by the EPA of which 95% were unannounced - one-quarter of these were in response to complaints.
- A marked reduction (22%) in the number of complaints received by the EPA when compared with 2017, with the majority of sites (85%) not having any complaints made against them. Of the complaints received:
- 57% related to odour;
- 27% related to noise;
- 34% related to three sites.
Companies convicted by the EPA in 2018 along with total costs, fines or donations:
- Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery Limited, Co. Tipperary - €12,369.51;
- Organic Gold (Marketing) Limited, Co. Meath - €5,254;
- Arrabawn Co-operative Society Limited, Co. Tipperary - €20,403.81;
- Dublin Waste to Energy Limited, Dublin - €15,133.12;
- Carbery Food Ingredients Limited, Co. Cork - €23,373.54;
- Nutricia Infant Nutrition Limited, Co. Cork - €22,304.45;
- Staunton Foods Limited, Co. Cork - €23,662,26;
- Irish Cement LTD, Co. Limerick - €12,094.14;
- Arrow Group Limited, Co. Kildare - €24,000;
- Glen of Aherlow Holdings, Co. Tipperary - €7,129;
- Rosderra Irish Meats Group, Co. Offaly - €26,168.29;
- Irish Cement LTD, Co. Limerick - €17,318.41;
- Kepak Cork, Co. Cork - €15,000.
Drive environmental compliance
Commenting on the report, Darragh Page - EPA Programme Manager - Office of Environmental Enforcement said:
“The EPA targets its enforcement efforts at the most non-compliant facilities. The publication of the National Priority Sites system last year has continued to drive environmental compliance and much-needed investment in environmental infrastructure.”
National Priority Sites List
The EPA has also released its National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for January-June 2019.
Five sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. These companies face further enforcement action.
- Arrow Group, Co. Kildare – Odour, noise;
- Quinn Cement Limited, Co. Cavan – Air emissions;
- Kepak Clonee, Co. Meath – Emissions to water;
- Youghal Landfill, Co. Cork – Landfill gas/leachate management;
- The Hammond Lane Metal Co. LTD, Co. Cork – Site infrastructure, surface water management.