EPA prosecutes Arrabawn Co-Operative Society Limited

On 9th September 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Arrabawn Co-operative Society Limited at Nenagh District Court, Co. Tipperary

The company pleaded guilty to:

1. Exceeding emission limit values for emissions to water on the 2nd of July 2015

2. Exceeding emission limit values for emissions to water on 7th July 2015.

3. Exceeding emission limit values for emissions to water on 22nd October 2015.

4. Failure to notify the Agency after the occurrence of an incident with the potential for environmental contamination of surface water or groundwater on 1st July 2015.

5. Failure to notify Irish Water and Inland Fisheries Ireland of an incident which related to discharges to water on 1st July 2015.

6. Failure to ensure that an emergency response procedure was in place between 7th July and 22nd October 2015.

7. Failure to test and demonstrate the integrity and water tightness of materials storage vessels between 3rd July 2012 and 3rd July 2015.

8. Failure to maintain a wastewater treatment plant with the capacity to treat all effluent and achieve the requirements of the licence on 3rd July 2015.

9. Failure to ensure that odours and/or dust from the activities carried out on the site did not result in an impairment of, or an interference with, amenities or the environment beyond the installation boundary on 29th September 2015.

10. Failure to operate and maintain monitoring equipment on 29th September 2015.

Judge McGrath stated that she considered the matter serious, but was prepared to accept jurisdiction in circumstances where the Agency consider the offences to be at the District Court level.  She noted that the licensee was co-operative and work was being carried out to upgrade the WWTP.  She adjourned sentencing to give the licensee the opportunity to complete the upgrade.

On the 14th of September 2017, Judge McGrath convicted Arrabawn Co-operative Society Limited and fined them €8,000 as follows:-
Charge 1 - €1,500, Charge 4 - €1,500, Charge 8 - €1,500, Charge 9 - €2,000 and Charge 10 - €1,500 and took the remaining charges into consideration.  She also awarded Agency costs of €7,958.01.