Remedial Works at Silvermines

Date released: Aug 08 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes the announcement made last week by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey T.D., in which he stated that the Government has agreed to assume responsibility for the rehabilitation of the former mines sites at Silvermines, Co. Tipperary. €10.6 million in funding has been allocated for this work. 

Since 1999 the EPA has worked in collaboration with his Department, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Teagasc, North Tipperary County Council, the Local Community and the Health Service Executive: Mid-Western Area as part of the Inter-Agency Group established to investigate the presence and influence of lead in the area and subsequently in its capacity as chair of the Implementation and Expert Groups for Silvermines. 

The Report of the Investigation into the presence and influence of lead in the Silvermines area of County Tipperary made thirty nine recommendations.  Between December 2000 to June 2002 thirty six of the thirty nine recommendations were implemented in full or were on-going (such as monitoring).  

The EPA is pleased that the remaining three recommendations can now be implemented.  The rehabilitation of the former mines will now ensure that the Silvermines area is a safe place in which to grow-up, live and work.  The EPA looks forward to working closely with the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, North Tipperary County Council and the local community during the rehabilitation process.