Code of practice on historic waste sites launched

Date released: Apr 11 2007

The Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Dick Roche T.D., today launched the EPA’s Code of Practice on Environmental Risk Assessment for Unregulated Waste Disposal Sites.  This Code of Practice takes on board comments submitted during the public consultation late last year. 

The Code of Practice sets out a risk based assessment procedure that provides for:
· the identification of  historic unregulated landfills;
· the assessment of potential risks associated with them and
· the identification of appropriate remedial measures/corrective actions.

Dara Lynott, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, said:
“The Code of Practice provides a framework for local authorities to compile an inventory of historic waste disposal sites and to have environmental risks at these sites assessed. The Code represents a significant part of Ireland’s response to the European Court of Justice judgement against Ireland and incorporates the principles of best international practice in the field of risk assessment”.

This Code of Practice has been prepared by the EPA at the request of the Minister, following his Ministerial Direction (WIR 04/05) of the 3rd May 2005. 

You can download a copy of the Code of Practice or obtain a copy from our Publications Office, McCumiskey House, Richview, Dublin 14 on 01-2680100. 
Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)

Note for Editors:

This code of practice that is published today by the EPA sets out how local authorities can:
- Identify sites that are
· known to have been used for waste disposal/recovery and have them  placed on a register
· suspected to have been used for waste disposal/recovery and have them investigated further prior to placing them on a register.
- Put the identified sites through a risk screening process, which allows the highest risk sites to be prioritised and site investigations to be carried out in a timely manner.
- Carry out detailed risk assessments, which will inform the remedial measures or corrective actions necessary for each of the sites at risk in a prioritised manner.

The document, will be of interest to:
- Local Authorities
- Consultants who may be involved in the carrying out of environmental risk assessments
- Academics and others involved in risk assessment.

The European Court of Justice judgement against Ireland refers to case C-494/01.