EPA prosecutes Cappoquin Poultry Limited

On 14 January 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Cappoquin Poultry Limited at Waterford District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

1. Permitting a specified emission from the installation which exceeded the emission limit values set out its Licence relating to emissions to water; these breaches occurred between the 29 June 2009 and 23 March 2010;
2. Failing to identify and execute measures to minimise emissions which arose from an incidence and the effects thereof;
3. Failing to install secondary wastewater treatment on-site with the capacity required by its Licence;
4. Failing to notify the Agency as soon as practicable of three emissions which occurred on 29 January 2010, 1 February 2010 and 4 February 2010 respectively, which did not comply with the requirements of its Licence and which were incidents with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water.
5. Failing to carry out sampling, analyses, measurements, examinations, maintenance and calibrations by reason of its failure to install a pH continuous electrode meter and recorder and a composite sampler.

On the 8 April 2011, Judge Finn imposed a fine of €500 each on three of the charges and all other charges were taken in to consideration.  EPA costs of €6,350 were also awarded.