Four agri businesses warned to clean up their acts by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned the operators of four agri business to clean up their acts or face further sanctions.
The EPA names five sites that are on its National Priority Site list for enforcement, which means that they are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.
The five sites include four agri businesses: Rosderra Meats, Edenderry; Tipperary Co-operative Creamery, Tipperary town; Arrow Group (which operates as a subsidiary of the Queally Group and owns subsidiaries including Dawn Farms); and saw mill T&J Standish, Roscrea.
They represent less than 1pc of all EPA licensed sites, but account for 8pc all site inspections completed so far this year and three of the five account for more than half of all complaints received.
The EPA found that the highest level of non-compliance were facilities in the Food & Drink sector.
The warnings are part of a new EPA has launched enforcement initiative to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities.
Licensed facilities with the poorest compliance status are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement using a new system developed by the EPA.
Points are allocated to each site based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents and non-compliances over the previous six months.