EPA prosecutes Bord Na Mona Fuels Limited

On the 20th of June, the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Bord Na Mona Fuels Limited at Thurles District Court.

The company pleaded guilty to:

1. Failure to notify the Agency of an incident as soon as practicable after the occurrence thereof between 18 and 21 July 2016.

2. Failure to notify Tipperary County Council of an incident as soon as practicable after the occurrence thereof between 18 and 21 July 2016.

3. Failure to have an adequate supply of containment booms and/or suitable absorbent material to contain and absorb the spillage in storage between 21 and 22 July 2016.

4. Failure to ensure that all tank and drum storage areas were rendered impervious to the materials stored therein between 21 and 22 July 2016.

5. Failure to ensure that drainage from bunded areas was diverted for collection and safe disposal between 21 and 22 July 2016.

6. Exceedance of the ELV for rate of flow and emissions to atmosphere of particulates on 29 November 2016.

Judge McGrath noted the facts, She took charges 2 and 4 into consideration and convicted the company of the remaining charges.  She fined the company €5,000 (€1,000 per charge for charges 1, 3 and 5, and €2,000 for charge 6) and she also awarded the Agency its costs of €6,736.10