EPA prosecutes Baxter Healthcare SA

On 19 December 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Baxter Healthcare SA at Castlebar District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

• Causing or permitting alterations to the activity, which did, or were likely to, result in a material change or increase in the nature or quantity of emissions, the raw materials used and wastes generated;
• Failing to notify the Agency as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an emission to sewer on two separate dates which did not comply with the requirements of its licence;
• Failing to ensure that all waste was stored in designated areas, protected as may be appropriate, against spillage and leachate run-off and did fail to clearly label and appropriately segregate all waste.

Judge McLoughlin convicted the Company and imposed fines of €6,000.  He also awarded the Agency’s costs of €13,376.20.