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EPA’s List Of Priority Enforcement Sites Increase

List of EPA’s latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement, sees the number increase to seven.

The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for March-September 2019. Seven sites (named hereunder) are on the latest list, including one here in Co. Tipperary, for failing to meet environmental standards. These companies now face further enforcement action.

NOTE: * 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.
** New entry for this period.

Commenting on the latest National Priority Sites List, Mr Darragh Page, (EPA Programme Manager, Office of Environmental Enforcement) stated:
“The latest list includes four sites which have not previously appeared on the National Priority Site in the last publication at the end Q2 2019 and, once again, includes Arrow Group. While the publication of the National Priority Sites list has continued to drive environmental compliance and much needed investment, the EPA continues to have concerns that environmental issues at some companies have resulted in unacceptable odour, noise, air and water quality impacts.”

The EPA welcomes the fact that two sites have come off the National Priority Site List, which was published at the end of Q2 of 2019, following improvements in compliance or reduced risk. These two sites are:-

Licensed facilities are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement, using a system developed by the EPA. Points are allocated to each site, based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents and non-compliances over the previous six months. Sites which exceed a certain threshold become a National Priority Site and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.

The EPA updates the National Priority Sites list on a quarterly basis.

Further details of the National Priority Sites scoring system and the list of sites contained can be found on the EPA website here National Priority Sites: Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland.
Enforcement information on all sites can be found under the Licence Search pages at www.epa.ie/licensing/.
Complaints about licensed sites can be made on-line at www.epa.ie or by contacting the EPA at Tel: 053-9160600.

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