EPA identified 11 companies for targeted enforcement over issues including air, water and noise emissions, groundwater contamination and landfill gas in its Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Summary 2021 Report. Food and drink producers made up almost three quarters of those labelled national priorities by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bosses last year over pollution concerns.
EPA identified 11 companies for targeted enforcement over issues including air, water and noise emissions, groundwater contamination and landfill gas. That’s 1 per cent of all the sites they licence.
Seven of the 11, which included drinks giant Diageo over noise at St James’ Gate, made the improvements needed. But Cork’s Timoleague Agri Gen Ltd and Ballyguyroe Landfill, as well as Arrow Group in Kildare and Tipperary Co-operative Creamery remain on EPA’s radar this year.
Programme Manager of the EPA Office of Environmental Enforcement, Darragh Page, said: “Sites from the food and drink and intensive agriculture sector made up almost three quarters of the sites on the National Priority Sites List during 2021. “These sectors must improve if Ireland is to support its green image of sustainable food and drink production. Our enforcement objective is to ensure these sites resolve the environmental issues and for the sites to return to compliance.”
Fourteen sites were also removed from the agency’s Water Framework Directive ‘significant pressure’ list.
Tom Ryan, of the EPA said of their latest report: “The EPA focused its enforcement efforts in 2021 on tackling unauthorised extraction of peat, improving water quality downstream of licenced sites and the safe and appropriate management of waste. Our enforcement activities are risk based and are targeted at sites that are not complying with their EPA licence requirements. We carried out almost 1,300 inspections of industrial and waste licensed activities and a further 55 inspections of unauthorised activities which require a licence or must cease operation.”
Source – Buzz.ie