Sections of Drish and Rossestown Rivers is safe for animal access

Date released: Oct 24 2006

On 27th April 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following receipt of results that showed unsatisfactorily high levels of metals, including lead and zinc, in river sediment, advised that animals including farm animals such as cattle and sheep, should not be allowed direct access to affected stretches of the Drish River (also known as the Black River) and the Rossestown River, as a precautionary measure.

Following the original notification of 27th April 2006, extensive and independent tests have been carried out during the summer of 2006 to determine the risk to the environment, including the testing of animals.  Based on the information provided by these investigations, the EPA, in consultation with other relevant authorities, advises that as of 24th October 2006, the affected rivers are safe for animal access, notwithstanding farmers’ obligations under the Department of Agriculture and Food’s ‘Good Farming Practice’ guidance document. Testing of the river water indicates that it continues to be unpolluted.

Anglo American Lisheen Mining Limited, Killoran, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (EPA Licence Reg. No.P0088-2) is continuing to work with the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement in relation to the removal of the affected sediments from these stretches of river and this work will commence shortly. The licensee is also working with the EPA to eliminate any further risks of pollution. 

Notifications of the lifting of restrictions on cattle access to the affected stretches of the Drish River and the Rossestown River are being issued to the relevant parties in the affected areas.