EPA prosecutes Swords Laboratories

On 17 May 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Swords Laboratories at Swords District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

1. Failing to notify the Agency and the Water Services Authority of two incidents which occurred on 2 August 2010 and 6 January 2011 as soon as was practicable after the occurrence thereof and failing to evaluate the environmental pollution caused by the incidents.

2. Failing to ensure that waste, in advance of transfer to another person, was classified, packaged and labelled in accordance with National, European and other standards which were in force in relation to such labelling.

3. Sending waste off site for recovery or disposal which was not transported by an authorised waste contractor.

On hearing details of the offences the Judge imposed fines of €5,000.  EPA costs of €5,213 were also awarded.