An Environmental Protection Agency Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement report for 2017 was published today, highlighting all those who were non-compliant over the past twelve months.
Many businesses and people received fines as a result of failing to comply with standards and among those on the list, was a pig farmer from Co. Longford who received two separate fines amounting to almost €5,000, for environmental breaches. The farmer received a fine of €2,500 and €2,250, €4,750 in total.
This was not the only Ag-related entry on this year’s report, with Rosderra Irish Meats Group in Tipperary also receiving a fine of €18,560. Arrabawn Co-Operative society in Tipperary were also found as failing to comply, receiving a fine of €15,960 in the process.
Dunbia Ltd in Slane, Co. Meath were also found to be in breach of regulations and were subsequently fined €11,170. One of the largest fine handed down was to Kildare Chilling Company, who were fined €30,060 in total.
Silver Hill foods in Monaghan also featured on the list, receiving a fine of €7,750. Bord Na Mona Fuels Limited Tipperary meanwhile were fined €11,740.
Fines totalled in excess of €374,000, with 30% of prosecutions carried out in 2017 within the agri-food sector.
In total over 1,500 site inspections were carried out over the course of 2017, with 91% unannounced and six sites inspected over twenty times. The food and drinks sector was found to have the poorest compliance record and the highest number of prosecutions.
“The EPA targets its enforcement efforts at the most non-compliant facilities. The publication of the National Priority Sites system last year has driven environmental compliance and seen much needed investment in environmental infrastructure”, said Mr Gerard O’Leary, EPA Director of the Office of Environmental Enforcement of the report findings.
“Over half of the sites who have appeared on the Priority Sites list have been convicted or are facing prosecution”, he concluded.