EPA Prosecutes Murray Timber (Ballon) Limited

Date released: Jan 27 2005

Murray Timber (Ballon) Limited pleaded guilty to two charges under Sections 8 and 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003 at Tullow District Court, Co Carlow on the 27 January 2005.

The charges related to the failure by the company to comply with conditions of its Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licence by:

  • Moving waste to an illegal landfill located in Craan, Kildavin, Co Carlow, thereby increasing the potential of pollution to ground and to the nearby River Clashavey, a tributary of the River Slaney.
  • The unauthorised burning of waste on-site resulting in air pollution by the emission of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide) to the atmosphere.

On hearing details of the offences and inspecting photographic evidence from the EPA, Judge O’Buachalla imposed fines totalling €2,700 and awarded costs of  €6,621 to the EPA.

The prosecution was taken in light of site investigations by the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement with the co-operation of Carlow County Council.


Note to Editors:

The company, located in Ballon, Co Carlow, operates a sawmill, which produces approximately 130,0000m3 of sawn timber per annum, 10% of which is treated with preservatives.  The company was issued with an IPC licence on 19th February 2002 for the treatment or protection of wood involving the use of preservatives, with a capacity for exceeding 10 tonnes per day.