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Date released: Dec 21 2016
The EPA Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2015 released today gives details of compliance levels and enforcement activities across a range of industries in 2015. Key findings are:
In conjunction with the report the EPA is launching it’s new on-line enforcement information initiative. Members of the public can now access enforcement information about licensed sites with key records such as EPA site visit and monitoring reports available to view on the EPA website. Information now available includes:
Commenting on the report Mr. Gerard O’Leary, Director of EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said,
“The waste and food & drink sectors have work to do to improve their environmental compliance. These sectors account for the majority of prosecutions taken and a small number of sites account for most complaints and non-compliances. Poor operational procedures and inadequate infrastructure are the main causes of non-compliance and must be addressed. Given the overall good levels of compliance across so many sites it is unacceptable for a few to continue to fail to meet the required standard.”
Ms Mary Gurrie, Programme Manager, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement commented,
“The report highlights that a small number of sites are giving rise to an unacceptably high level of odour nuisance and these sites face further enforcement action, including legal proceedings. Queries and complaints from the public are a valuable source of information for the EPA in conducting our enforcement activities and we welcome such reports.”
The 2015 Licence Enforcement Report is available on the EPA website.Enforcement documents can be found under the licence search pages for each licensed facility.
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