Date released: February 17, 2021
The report shows that, despite the significant challenges and impact of Covid-19 during 2020, the EPA continued to carry out the enforcement of industrial and waste licences at over 830 individual installations throughout Ireland.
Mr Tom Ryan, Director, EPA Office of Environmental Enforcement, said:
“The EPA continued to provide an essential public service throughout the pandemic carrying out just under 1,100 inspections. With complaints about local licensed facilities almost doubling, the role of the EPA in enforcing industrial and waste licenced activities became even more important and we continued to investigate and respond to complaints as they arose. Odour nuisance was a key issue and 13 per cent of all inspections in 2020 were to investigate odour complaints from the public.”
The report published today highlights the main issues at licensed sites during 2020 and outlines what actions the EPA took to enforce environmental conditions at these sites.
During 2020, the EPA published quarterly updates on its enforcement activities to keep the public informed of the work of the EPA. The main findings of the 2020 report were:
The EPA also published the latest National Priority Sites List for 2020. The number of National Priority Sites in 2020 was 12, up slightly when compared with 2019 (11). The EPA will continue to focus its resources where they are most needed and to drive compliance at all problematic sites.
Commenting on the publication of the latest National Priority Sites List, Mr. Darragh Page, EPA Programme Manager, said:
“Sites with significant non-compliances with their licence conditions and regular incidents and complaints are placed on the National Priority Sites List. The continued poor compliance status and presence of the Arrow Group and Arran Chemical Company Limited on the National Priority Sites List is of serious concern to the EPA and they are both the subject of ongoing enforcement action to resolve the environmental issues and to bring them into compliance.”
The full list of National Priority Sites for 2020 is in the Table below.
|P0812-01||Arrow Group*||Food & Drink||Kildare||Odour & Noise|
|W0205-01||Green Circular Economy Unlimited Company||Waste||Dublin||Infrastructure, odour & financial provision|
|P0110-02||Arran Chemical Company Limited||Chemical||Roscommon||Air emissions & groundwater contamination|
|W0217-02||Killarney Waste Disposal Unlimited Company||Waste||Kerry||Waste storage, odour infrastructure & water management|
|W0281-01||Gas Networks Ireland (Former Limerick Gasworks remediation project)||Waste||Limerick||Odour & fugitive emissions|
|P0571-04||Merck Millipore Limited||Surface coating||Cork||Odour|
|W0023-01||Raffeen Landfill Site (Cork Co. Co.)||Waste||Cork||Landfill gas & leachate management|
|P0801-01||Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited||Food & Drink||Tipperary||Odour & wastewater management|
|P0690||Decotek Automotive Limited||Surface coating||Westmeath||Air emissions|
|P0519||Saint-Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Limited||Mining||Monaghan||Water management|
|P0997||The Hammond Lane Metal Company Limited||Waste||Cork||Waste handling & housekeeping|
|P0693-02||Takeda Ireland Limited||Chemical||Dublin||Air emissions|
*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.
Notes to Editor
The National Priority Sites for Enforcement system was launched by the EPA in July 2017 to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities. It is based on the previous six months enforcement history at all licensed sites. Find out more online.
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.
Complaints about licensed sites can be made on-line or by contacting the EPA at 053-9160600.