EPA Prosecutes Ballinasloe Town Council

Date released: Sep 08 2006

On the 6th September 2006 at Ballinasloe District Court, the Environmental Protection Agency took a prosecution against Ballinasloe Town Council in relation to an offence under Sections 39(1) and 39(9) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2005 for a breach of its Waste Licence (Reg. No. 27-2) at Pollboy Landfill, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

The prosecution related to the failure by the Council to ensure that odours did not give rise to nuisance either at its facility at Pollboy, or in the immediate area of that facility.

On hearing details of the offence from an EPA inspector, Judge Michael Reilly imposed a fine of €1,750 and the EPA’s costs of €10,104 were also awarded.

Ballinasloe Town Council was granted a Waste Licence in August 2003.  The EPA issued a revised licence (Reg. No. 27-2) on 6th October 2003 to provide for the continued operation and development of this landfill facility, the operation of a newly constructed civic waste facility and the composting of waste.

This prosecution was taken following numerous site inspections carried out by the Office of Environmental Enforcement in 2005 and complaints of odour received by the Office.