EPA Prosecutes Westmeath County Council

On 24 February 2010 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Westmeath County Council at Athlone District Court.  The Company pleaded guilty to:

1. Failing to ensure that activities carried out did not result in significant interference with the environment beyond the facility boundary;
2. Failing to ensure that odours did not give rise to nuisance at the facility or the immediate area of the facility;
3. (i) Failing to maintain infrastructure that forms part of the landfill gas management scheme in a
 safe and fully operational manner;
(ii) Failing to remove all loose litter or other waste placed on or in the vicinity of the facility and accepted waste at the facility outside the permitted hours;
(iii) Disposing of tyres which were not permitted and failing to check all wastes at the working face and to remove wastes not acceptable for recovery or disposal; and
(iv) Failing to install and maintain a telemetry system for recording leachate levels in the lined cells, storage tank and lagoon.
 
On hearing details of the offences from an EPA Inspector and local residents, Judge John Neilan imposed fines of €9,000 and awarded EPA costs of €6,750.