EPA prosecutes AIBP Rathkeale

On 24 February 2005 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted AIBP Limited t/a AIBP Rathkeale at Newcastle West District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

• Causing or permitting polluting matter to enter waters;

• Exceeding the emission limits specified in the licence for discharges to water from the facility’s wastewater treatment plant;

• Displaying a lack of adequate management and operational practices at the wastewater treatment plant by failing to ensure that the monitoring equipment was operating at all times, failure to record all complaints of an environmental nature related to the operation of the activity and not notifying the EPA of any breakdowns of the control equipment which resulted in the inability of the EPA to fully monitor and enforce the activity on-site. 

On hearing details of the offences, Judge Malone imposed fines totalling €3,000 and the EPA’s costs of €6,878 were also awarded.