EPA prosecutes Padraig Thornton Waste Disposal Limited (W0195-02)

On the 24 March 2017 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Padraig Thornton Waste Disposal Limited at Navan District Court. 

The Company pleaded guilty to: 

  • On 3 June 2016 failing to keep at the facility and have available to the Agency for inspection at all reasonable times records of all sampling, analysis, measurements, examinations, calibrations and maintenance carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Licence and all other such monitoring which relates to the environmental performance of the facility, namely that records of the analysis of compost, to demonstrate that the material dispatched from the facility complied with the standards of compost quality as set out in Schedule E of the Licence were not available to the Agency for inspection.
  • For the period commencing 1 November 2015 and ending on 31 January 2016(both dates inclusive) failing to carry out compost analysis every month, namely that compost analysis was not carried out for the months of November 2015, December 2015 and January 2016. 
  • For the period commencing 19 November 2014 and ending on 16 December 2014(both dates inclusive) failing to ensure that compost complied with the quality standard as set out in Schedule E: Standards for Compost Quality of the Licence or an alternative quality standard, namely that compost dispatched from the facility did not meet the Stability quality limit of Oxygen Uptake Rate less than or equal to 13 mmol O2/kg organic solids/hour required by the licence. 
  • For the period commencing 19 January 2015 and ending on 25 October 2016(both dates inclusive) failing to notify the Agency as soon as practicable after the occurrence of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water or groundwater, or posing an environmental threat to air or land, or requiring an emergency response by the Local Authority, namely failing to notify the Agency of the failure of the compost quality standard for Stability for compost batch numbers 34314A, 34514A, 34814A and 35014A.

Judge Brennan convicted the company and fined them €1,000 on each of the four charges. Agency costs were also awarded.