EPA Prosecutes T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited

Date released: Dec 06 2005

On 5th December 2005 at Roscrea District Court, Co. Offaly, T & J Standish (Roscrea) Limited were prosecuted by the EPA in relation to offences under Sections 8 & 84(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003 and Section 3(1) & 3(2) of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977.

Of the alleged offences presented before the court the company pleaded guilty to charges for breaches of its Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Licence by allowing polluting matter to enter groundwater, and surface water in drains on two separate occasions. The company also pleaded guilty to allowing polluting matter to discharge to off-site surface waters and to enter the Fuarawn River. In addition, the company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure protection of areas where materials were being loaded and unloaded.

On hearing details of the alleged offences, Judge Haughton imposed fines totalling €2,400 and the EPA’s costs of €30,000 were also awarded. This prosecution was taken following a complaint by a local resident on 21 January 2003 concerning the quality of his drinking water which was followed up with an extensive and on-going EPA investigation.

The company is involved in the treatment or protection of wood involving the use of preservatives, with a capacity exceeding 10 tonnes per day and was granted an IPC licence on 26 February 1998 (Licence Reg. No. 320). The company produces fencing posts, timber rails and gates.

The EPA took a previous prosecution against the company on 26 April 2000 for non compliance with a Section 12 Notice served under the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1997 which required the company to provide adequate bunding to prevent contamination of ground and surface water and for non-submission of various reports. In that instance the Judge applied the Probation Act and awarded costs to the EPA.