The holder of an EPA Licence is obliged to comply with the full suite of conditions as set out in the Licence. EPA inspectors continually track and assess compliance with licence conditions, which are designed to allow the operator to conduct the licensed activity without causing risk of harm to human health or the environment. Any detected breach of the licence conditions is recorded by the EPA as a non-compliance. The detection and recording of a non-compliance is often the first step in the escalation of enforcement action by the EPA. This may result in the opening of a Compliance Investigation or prosecution. The charts below provide data for non-compliances recorded for Q1 2021.
Key facts Q1 2021
- Non-compliances were recorded for 113 individual sites during Q1 2021
- Breaches of emission limit values accounted for 34% of non-compliances recorded.
- Non-compliances were recorded at 34% of licensed sites.
- 8% of the non-compliances recorded were in relation to the licensed sites failure to report an incident that had occured at the site.
- The chemical (16%), food and drink (22%) and non-hazardous waste transfer (21%) sectors accounted for 48% of all non-compliances recorded during the period.
Non-Compliances during Q1 2021
Non-Compliances for 2019 and 2020