EPA Prosecutes Wicklow County Council – Ballymurtagh Landfill (W0011-02)
Hearing Date: July 26, 2023
On 26th of July 2023 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Wicklow County Council – Ballymurtagh Landfill (W0011-02) at Arklow District Court.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching conditions of its Waste Licence – W0011-02 by:
- Failing to comply with Condition 6.17, on or about the 19th of April 2022, in that they failed to carry out a stability assessment on the side slopes of the facility and report the results of this assessment as part of the Annual Environmental Report for the year 2021, as required by the said Licence.
- Failing to comply with Condition 6.16.2, on or about the 22nd of February 2022, in that they failed to ensure measures were in place to ensure the continuous operation pf the required landfill gas management infrastructure at all times as required by the said licence, in that the gas flare at the facility was not continuously operating.
- Failing to comply with Condition 3.3.1, on dates or dates between 1st of January 2020 and the 31st of March 2020, in that they failed to submit proposals for the installation of a low calorific high temperature flare (being Specified Engineering Works within the meaning of Schedule D to the Licence) to the EPA for its agreement at least two months in advance of the intended date of the commencement of the said installation works, as required by the Licence.
- Failing to comply with Condition 6.15.2, on or about the 1st of March 2022, in that they failed to maintain at all times at lease five operational leachate monitoring wells drilled to the base of the waste body and capable of providing depth readings and samples of leachate from the base of the landfill, as required by the said licence.
Judge O'Leary, having heard the evidence convicted the company and imposed fines of €3000 on Charge 1 and €2000 on Charge 2, the other two were taken into consideration. Costs were agreed.