The EPA has developed a system to rank industrial and waste licensed sites (Integration Pollution Control) in order of priority for enforcement. The National Priority Sites List (which is updated quarterly) is used to target its enforcement effort at the poorest performing sites in order to drive improvements in environmental compliance. A score is assigned to each facility based on enforcement factors such as complaints, incidents, compliance investigations (CIs), and non-compliances (NCs) with the licence.
Nine sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards – this is an increase of four sites from the previous list. These companies face further enforcement action from the EPA in order to secure compliance.
- Five of the nine sites are from the agri-food sector. The main compliance issues are causing odour and noise nuisance and failing to properly manage wastewater discharges.
- Three sites are from the waste sector. The main compliance issues are poor waste management practices on-site and causing odour.
- The nine sites accounted for 43 percent of all complaints received in this period.
The following are the National Priority Sites for April-September 2018:
|Reg. No.||Licence Name||County|
|P0690-03||C & F Automotive Limited||Westmeath|
|W0211-02||ERAS ECO Limited||Cork|
|P01028-01||Glanbia Foods Ireland Limited||Laois|
|P0815-02||Lacpatrick Dairies Limited||Monaghan|
|P0180-02||Rosderra Irish Meats Group (Edenderry)||Offaly|
|W0136-03||Starrus Eco Holdings Limited (Munster)||Cork|
|P1002-01||The Hammond Lane Metal Company Limited||Dublin|
|P0831-01||Western Brand Group Limited||Mayo|