EPA prosecutes Irish Water Athenry Aggolmeration

On 8th March 2017 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Irish Water at Dublin Metropolitan District Court 

Irish Water pleaded guilty to:

1. Failing to complete the improvements as set out in Schedule C: Specified Improvement Programme of the licence by 31st December 2015 in order to ensure compliance with the emission limit values as set out in Schedule A: Discharges of the licence within the period commencing on the 1st January 2016 and ending on the 24th August 2016(both dates inclusive)

2. Specified discharges from the waste water works exceeding the emission limit values set out in Schedule A: Discharges of the licence, namely that discharges from the waste water works exceeded the emission limit values for Ammonia, Orthophosphate and the cBOD within the period commencing on the 20th July 2015 and ending on the 24th August 2016(both dates inclusive)

3. Failing to notify the Agency as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water within the period commencing on the 4th May 2016 and ending on the 18th August 2016 (both dates inclusive)

Judge Brennan heard the case and deferred sentencing to 22nd March 2017.

On 22nd March 2017, Judge Brennan convicted Irish Water of the first two charges and fined them €1,500 for charge 1 and €2,000 for charge 2. Charge 3 was taken into consideration. 

Agency costs were awarded.