Date released: February 27, 2023
28 February 2023: The EPA today published the 2022 Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report, an annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2022, alongside the list of sites which were designated as National Priority Sites during the year.
Commenting on the publication, Dr. Tom Ryan, Director, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said:
“Our enforcement activities are risk based and are, in particular, targeted at sites that are not complying with their licence requirements. We carried out over 1,400 inspections of industrial and waste licensed activities and a further 58 inspections of unauthorised activities which require a licence. Eighty seven per cent of these inspections are unannounced.”
“The thirteen sites on the National Priority Sites List in 2022 were the subject of targeted enforcement action. While this represents only 1.5 per cent of the total sites licensed by the EPA, it is disappointing that the Food and Drink sector continues to make up a significant proportion of these. A small number of sites is threatening the green sustainable image that sector endeavours to project.
Our aim is to ensure that all sites, across all sectors, resolve their environmental issues, return to compliance and operate without giving cause for complaints from their neighbours.”
In summary, there were 13 facilities on the National Priority Sites list in 2022, with 6 from the food and drink sector and a further 5 from the waste sector. These sites included:
National Priority Sites for 2022
|Arrow Group Ltd*||Kildare||Food & Drink||Odour and noise|
|Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Ltd||Roscommon||Food & Drink||Discharges to water & odour|
|Ballyguyroe Landfill||Cork||Waste||Landfill management|
|City Bin Co Ltd||Galway||Waste||Waste management|
|Euroflex Teoranta||Donegal||Surface coating||Emissions to air|
|Forge Hill Recycling Ltd||Cork||Waste||Waste management|
|Gairdini t/a Munster Joinery||Cork||Surface coating||Discharges to water|
|Kepak Athleague||Roscommon||Food & Drink||Discharges to water|
|North Cork Co-Op Creameries Ltd||Cork||Food & Drink||Discharges to water|
|Staunton Foods Ltd||Cork||Food & Drink||Noise|
|Timoleague Agri Gen Ltd||Cork||Anaerobic digestion||Infrastructure & management|
|Western Brand Group Ltd||Mayo||Food & Drink||Discharges to water|
*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.
The annual report also highlights some of the other key enforcement activities of the EPA including the fact that the amount of financial provisions secured by the EPA exceeded one billion euros for the first time in 2022.
Commenting on this milestone Mr. Darragh Page, Programme Manager, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said:
“EPA licensed sites need to put in place and maintain sufficient financial provision so that they can pay for remediation or aftercare of their site, and for any potential clean-up that may be required following an accident or incident. This funding is secured and fully accessible to the EPA should the need arise. The EPA has secured over one billion euros in financial provisions from licensed sites.
These financial provisions mean that the public purse is protected and that the taxpayer will not have to pick up the costs in the event of an environmental accident or incident at any of these licensed sites.”
The Industrial and Waste Enforcement Report 2022 and the associated statistics are available on the EPA website.
Further information: Niamh Hatchell/Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.