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Half complaints received by EPA to September related to four licensed industrial and waste sites

Half complaints received by EPA to September related to four licensed industrial and waste sites

The EPA today published the latest National Priority Sites List, and published updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first nine months of 2020.   The EPA welcomes the fact that three sites have come off the last National Priority Sites List which was published in July 2020, following improvements in compliance (Table 2). The current list identifies six sites that are the focus of the EPA’s enforcement activities.

Commenting on the publication of the latest List, Mr. Darragh Page, EPA Programme Manager, said “Most EPA licence holders work hard to protect the environment and comply with their licence. Sites can be added to  the National Priority Sites List due to a failure to adhere to their license and the risk they pose to the environment. But, it should be notes that these sites account for less than one per cent of the 800 plus sites licensed by the EPA.  The EPA will continue to focus our enforcement efforts on those who pose a risk to the environment or cause environmental pollution and those on the list can expect further enforcement action from the EPA.”

The full list of National Priority Sites for the period April to September 2020 is in Table 1 below.

Table 1: National Priority Sites – 6-month period 01 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.

PO110-02 Arran Chemical Company Limited Roscommon Chemical
PO812-01 Arrow Group Kildare Food & Drink
PO217-02 Killarney Waste Disposal Unlimited Company Kerry Waste
PO281-01 Limerick Gas Works Limerick Waste
PO693-02 Takeda Ireland Limited Dublin Chemical
PO801-01 Tipperary Cooperative Creamery Limited Tipperary Food & Drink

*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.

Table 2: Sites removed from the National Priority List which was published in July 2020

W0205-01 Greyhound Recycling and Recovery Dublin Waste
P0571-04 Merck Millipore Limited Cork Surface Coating
W0023-01 Raffeen Landfill Site (Cork CoCo) Cork Waste
  • Six sites were identified as National Priority Sites for the period April to September 2020.  There were from three sectors – Waste, Food & Drink and the Chemical sector.
  • Four sites (Arrow Group, Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited, Merck Millipore Limited, Limerick Gasworks) accounted for 51% of all industrial/waste odour complaints in 2020.
  • Three sites have been removed from the National Priority Sites List since the EPA last published the list in July 2020 – Merck Millipore Limited, Raffeen Landfill Site (Cork Co. Co.), Greyhound Recycling and Recovery.
  • The continued poor compliance status and presence of Arrow Group as a National Priority Site remains a serious concern to the EPA and the facility is the subject of ongoing enforcement action.
  • Complaints to the EPA about licensed sites have increased dramatically in 2020, with 598 received in the first nine months of the year, compared to 225 in the same period last year.

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.
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