EPA prosecutes Irish Water (Balbriggan Skerries Agglomeration)

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

Irish Water pleaded guilty to:

1. Failing to have an emergency response procedure in place that addresses any emergency situation that may originate on-site, namely that the emergency response procedure in place did not include details on how to respond to overflows of untreated sewage to surface water for the Dublin Road Pump Station, Quay Street Pump Station and Hampton Cove Pump Station within the period commencing 17th May 2016 and ending on 7th June 2016

2. Failing to notify the Agency of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an  incident at the Dublin Road Pump Station within the period commencing 17th May 2016 and ending on the 18th May 2016

3. Failing to notify the Agency of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an  incident at the Quay Street Pump Station within the period commencing 20th May 2016 and ending on the 27th May 2016

4. Failing to notify the Agency of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an  incident at the Hampton Cove Pump Station within the period commencing 4th June 2016 and ending on the 7th June 2016

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

On 22nd March 2017, Judge Brennan convicted Irish Water of charge 1, 2 and 4 and fined them €1,000 for charge 1, €2,000 for charge 2 and €2,000 for charge 4.  Charge 3 was taken into consideration. 

Agency costs were also awarded.