Two East Cork Waste Facilities Listed on EPA Watch List

By Seamus Whelehan


Two East Cork waste disposal sites are among seven locations to appear on a National Priority Enforcement list for failing to meet necessary environmental standards.
Youghal landfill and the East Cork landfill Carrigtwohill, operated by Cork County Council, both appear on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Watch List for issues relating to landfill gas and leachate management.
The Youghal landfill closed in February 2012 and no longer accepts waste for disposal, but is yet to be fully capped and have the site restored.
A similar situation presents itself at the East Cork landfill, Carrigtwohill, which has been closed since 2007.
The EPA said it had a concern with the non-hazardous waste sites that their “overall management and aftercare are not at the required standard.”
In Ringaskiddy, Hammond Lane Metal Co. Ltd has been identified by the environmental watch dog, for concerns relating to its site infrastructure and surface water management.
They said their key issues at the scrap metal acceptance and processing facility, are the condition of the yard surfaces and associated management of contaminated surface water.
The EPA said it also had concern with the percolation to ground of contaminated water.
The remaining 4 locations listed by the Environmental Regulator were Arrow Group (Dawn Farm Foods Ltd.) Kildare, who were listed for odour and noise; Tipperary Co-op Creamery emissions to water, with a similar issue identified in Monaghan at Saint Gobain Construction Products (Ireland) Ltd. Alarm was also raised over the Roscommon based Arran Chemical Company regarding emissions to air and groundwater contamination.
Darragh Page, EPA Programme Manager, Office of Environmental Enforcement said while the National Priority Enforcement list is helping “to drive environmental compliance and much needed investment” ... “the EPA continues to have concerns that environmental issues at some companies have resulted in unacceptable odour, noise, air and water quality impacts.”