EPA Prosecutes Cavan County Council

Date released: Dec 09 2005

On the 8th December 2005 at Cavan District Court, Co Cavan, Cavan County Council pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to offences under Sections 39(1) and 39(9) of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2003 for breaches of its Waste Licence (Reg. No. 77-1).

The Council admitted breaching conditions of its licence by:

  • Failing to install an active landfill gas collection and flaring system.
  • Inadequate management of leachate from the landfill.
  • Permitting exceedance of leachate levels.

Breach of these conditions has the potential to impair the local environment and cause contamination of groundwater. 

On hearing details of the offences from an EPA inspector, Judge McBride imposed fines totalling €1,900 for the Council’s failure to install an active landfill gas collection and flaring system. The other two charges relating to inadequate management of leachate from the landfill were proven and taken into account. The EPA’s costs of €6,008 were also awarded.

Cavan County Council was granted a waste licence (Reg. No. 77-1) on 12th June 2001 for the acceptance of 32,050 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per annum.  The facility is located approximately 3.5km from Cavan town and is one of the principal landfills operating in the Northeast waste management region.

This prosecution was taken following an audit and two site inspections undertaken by the Office of Environmental Enforcement on 13th August 2004, 9th June 2004 and 1st February 2005, respectively.