EPA Prosecutes ADM Ringaskiddy

Date released: Jan 30 2006

On the 30th January 2006 at Cork District Court, ADM Ringaskiddy pleaded guilty to a charge brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to an offence under Sections 8 and 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts 1992 and 2003 for a breach of its IPC Licence (Reg. No. 53).  The Company admitted breaching a condition of its licence by permitting an emission of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) to enter Cork Harbour.

Breach of this condition caused contamination of seawater and damaged vegetation in the immediate vicinity of the site.  It also had the potential to impair the local environment and public health.

On hearing details of the offence from an EPA inspector, Judge Lucey imposed a fine totalling €1,500 and the EPA’s costs of €10,300 were also awarded.

ADM Ringaskiddy was granted an IPC licence (Reg.No.53) on 23rd October 1997, for a class 5.3 activity: The manufacture, by way of chemical reaction processes, of organic or organo-metallic chemical products based on citric and gluconic acids.  The facility was located at Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork but has since ceased operating at this site.

This prosecution was taken following a site inspection undertaken by the Office of Environmental Enforcement on 4th July 2005.  The site inspection was carried out following notification of the spillage from the company.