EPA’s latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List sees number of National Priority Sites increase to Seven

Date released: October 17, 2019


The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for March-September 2019.  Seven sites (below) are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards.  These companies face further enforcement action. 

Reg. No.Licence NameKey issueCounty
P0812-01  Arrow Group*  Odour, Noise Kildare
P0801-01  Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited**  Emissions to water  Tipperary
W0022-01  East Cork Landfill Site**  Landfill gas/leachate management  Cork
W0068-03  Youghal Landfill Landfill gas/leachate management  Cork
P0997-01  The Hammond Lane Metal Co. Ltd  Site infrastructure, surface water management  Cork
P0110-02  Arran Chemical Company Limited** Emissions to air, groundwater contamination  Roscommon
P0519-03 Saint-Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Limited**  Emissions to water  Monaghan

*Arrow Group Limited includes the activities at this licensed site of Dawn Farm Foods Ltd, TCFG Naas Ltd (also known as The Culinary Food Group), QK Coldstores Ltd, Dawn Farms Distribution Ltd and Maudlins Waste Management Ltd.
** new entry for this period.

Commenting on the latest National Priority Sites List, Darragh Page, EPA Programme Manager, Office of Environmental Enforcement said:

“The latest list includes four sites which have not previously appeared on the National Priority Site in the last publication at the end Q2 2019 and, once again, includes Arrow Group. While the publication of the National Priority Sites list has continued to drive environmental compliance and much needed investment, the EPA continues to have concerns that environmental issues at some companies have resulted in unacceptable odour, noise, air and water quality impacts.”

The EPA welcomes the fact that two sites have come off the National Priority Site List which was published at the end of Q2 2019, following improvements in compliance or reduced risk.  The two sites are:

Reg No. Organisation County
PO167-02  Kepak Clonee  Meath
P0378-03  Quinn Cement Limited  Cavan

Licensed facilities are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement using a system developed by the EPA.  Points are allocated to each site based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents and non-compliances over the previous six months.  Sites which exceed a certain threshold become a National Priority Site and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action. The EPA updates the National Priority Sites list on a quarterly basis.

Further details of the National Priority Sites scoring system and the list of sites can be found on the EPA website. Enforcement information on all sites can be found under the Licence Search pages. Complaints about licensed sites can be made on-line at www.epa.ie or by contacting the EPA at 053-9160600.