EPA prosecutes a Pig Farmer

On 28 January 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted a Pig Farmer at Bailieborough District Court.  He pleaded guilty to:

• Permitting the unauthorised discharge of polluting matter to water.
• Failing to prevent further contamination of surface water.
• Failing to maintain on site, and for inspection by the Agency, the results of monitoring of available storage capacity for slurry/manure.
• Failing to ensure that freeboards of all covered slurry/manure storage tanks and uncovered slurry/manure storage tanks were maintained at all times.
• Failure to provide high-level alarms, external safety ladders and raised platforms on all over ground slurry storage facilities.
• Failure to ensure that all animal tissue and carcasses stored on-site pending disposal were placed in leak-proof containers.

On hearing details of the offences from an EPA inspector, Judge Sean McBride imposed a fine of  €500 for each charge and awarded EPA costs of  €9,402.