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EPA licensed industrial and waste sites enforcement data findings – overall good compliance

The EPA commenced the publication of key data on industrial and waste licence enforcement today on the EPA website.  The data gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across the 833 licensed facilities in 2019. The EPA will publish the data on its website on a quarterly basis, providing enforcement information in a timely manner for the public.  Commenting on the publication, Dr. Tom Ryan, Director, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said:

“The EPA carried out 1472 inspections to licensed industrial and waste sites in 2019, with 93 per cent of these being unannounced. Overall, EPA licensed industrial and waste sites exhibited a good level of compliance in 2019, which is reflected in a welcome reduction in the number of complaints from members of the public.  The EPA will continue to target its resources to drive environmental compliance and much needed investment in environmental improvements”.

Findings show overall good compliance at EPA licensed industrial and waste sites

  • There were 833 EPA licenced industrial and waste facilities at the end of 2019, of which 11 were identified as National Priority Sites (NPS) during 2019. 
    • Four of the National Priority Sites were from the Food and Drink sector.
    • The continued poor compliance status and presence of Arrow Group as a National Priority Site is of serious concern to the EPA.  
    • There are 6 sites on the EPA National Priority Sites list currently.
    • Over half of the EPA licensed industrial and waste sites had no non-compliance recorded against them in 2019 – this was similar to 2018 (56%). 
    • There has been a marked reduction (24%) in the number of complaints from the public about licensed industrial and waste sites from the public in 2019 (608). when compared with 2018 (799) and 2017 (1030).

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

The EPA remains concerned that Arrow Group has been a National Priority Site for all four quarters of 2019. Arrow Group has committed to completing improvement works in early 2020 to address the issues identified and the EPA is closely monitoring progress to ensure the site returns to compliance.

Reg.No. Licence name Key issue County
P0812-01 Arrow Group* Odour, Noise Kildare
P0110-02 Arran Chemical Company Limited Air, Groundwater Roscommon
P0519-03 Saint-Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Limited Emissions to water Monaghan
P0801-01 Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited Emissions to water Tipperary
W0022-02 East Cork Landfill Landfill gas/leachate management Cork
P0997-01 The Hammond Lane Metal Co. Limited Site infrastructure, surface water management Cork

*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.

One site has come off the National Priority Site List which was published at the end of Q3 2019, following improvements in compliance or reduced risk. This site is:

Reg. no Organisation County
W0068-03 Youghal Landfill Cork

The table below provides a list of National Priority Sites (NPS) for 2019:

Reg. no Organisation End of Q1 2019 End of Q2 2019 End of Q3 2019 End of Q4 2019
P0110-02 Arran Chemical Company Limited NPS   NPS NPS
P0812-01 Arrow Group Limited* NPS NPS NPS NPS
W0022-01 East Cork Landfill Site NPS   NPS NPS
P0969-02 Euroflex Teoranta NPS      
P0167-02 Kepak Clonee   NPS    

Quinn Cement Limited

P0519-03 Sain Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Limited     NPS NPS
P0997-01 The Hammond Lane Metal Company   NPS NPS NPS
P0801-01 Tipperary C0-Op     NPS NPS
P0831-01 Western Brand Group Limited NPS      
W0068-02 Youghal Landfill   NPS NPS  

Source – EPA

Verde Environmental Consultants is focussed on helping our EPA licenced clients to achieve compliance according to their licence conditions in the most economical way possible. We have a proven track record of successfully reducing many of our clients’ expenses in this area by securing reductions in monitoring requirements and by the easing of licence conditions where appropriate.

We currently represent a range of licenced companies from smaller Irish companies to large multinationals in the pharmaceutical, food, manufacturing, extraction and waste sectors.

Services of particular interest to the IE/IPC Sector include:

  • Perpetration of licence application, review/amendment, site plans and reports (AER, ELRA, CRAMP & Firewater).
  • Compliance Monitoring and Reporting (surface water, groundwater, noise etc).
  • Waste Classification and Reporting.
  • Environmental Management System and EHS implementation and support.
  • Risk Assessment, Contamination Management and Appropriate Assessment.
  • Troubleshooting and negotiation on your behalf with the Agency.