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Smith calls for action plan to tackle plastic pollution in rivers and lakes

A local Fianna Fáil TD has written to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment to express his concern at the high level of plastic pollution in lakes and rivers following representations from individuals and organisations. “It is clear to anyone who walks by, sails on, or uses our rivers or lakes how badly plastic pollution has become," explained Deputy Brendan Smith. "I...
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Who polices the polluters of the State’s rivers, lakes and canals?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces licences issued to Irish Water for operating waste-water treatment plants and industrial/waste licences issued to industry.  So the agency prosecutes water-pollution cases, and it brought nine prosecutions against Irish Water in 2017 for causing pollution to surface water and groundwater, resulting in fines totalling €69,400. All prosecutions t...
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