EPA prosecutes a Pig Farmer

On 5 April 2006 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted a Pig Farmer at Listowel District Court.  He pleaded guilty to:

• failing to notify the Agency of an emission, which had the potential for environmental contamination of surface water or ground water.
• failing to provide a high level alarm on overground storage facilities.
• failing to place animal tissue and carcasses in covered leakproof containers; and,
• failing to submit to the Agency a proposal for discharge of domestic sewage to a septic tank.

On hearing details of the offences from an EPA inspector, Judge Mary O’Halloran imposed fines totalling €7,200 for   breaches of conditions of his IPC licence. The EPA’s costs of €9,347 were also awarded.