Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Opposition slam septic charges

Published 09/11/2011 | 06:00

Newly published charges that will affect more than 400,000 rural households have been heavily criticised by opposition parties.

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In an effort to avoid EU fines of €2.6m and daily fines of €26,000, risk-based inspections targeted at drinking-water sources or habitats will commence in 2013.

Under the Bill, householders will be required to register details of their septic tanks with their local authority in order to compile a national register.

This will cost each household €50 and re-registration will be required every five years. The revenue generated will be used to fund a local authority inspection regime.

If a tank fails to pass this inspection, the householder will be required to upgrade their system.

Fianna Fail TDs slammed the proposals, claiming that they could end up costing individual households €12,000.

"If a household appeals an inspector's findings and subsequently has to carry out upgrade works, the cost between inspection charges and registration charges could be up to €450," said Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv.

"Where a person with a septic tank is forced to replace it with a proprietary treatment plant, it could cost up to €12,000."

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IFA environment chairman Pat Farrell has called for clarification that the registration charge will be a once-off.

"A retro-fit scheme must be part of the solution, which provides tax relief and grant support, where new or upgraded systems are needed," he said.

Darragh McCullough

Indo Farming

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