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Roscrea sawmill named and shamed by EPA

Saturday, 7th October, 2017 9:00am

A Roscrea sawmill is one of seven firms named and shamed by the EPA for breaching environmental regulations.T & J Standish Ltd, which is located on the Offaly/Tipperary border has been included in the EPA's latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.

The EPA say that Standish Ltd has been included on the list, which is published quarterly, due to contamination of the soil and groundwater at its site due to the use of timber treatment preservation in the past.The agency says that the current “compliant issues relate to the failure of the company to manage the remediation system and to provide for the clean-up costs”.

The National Priority Sites (NPS) for enforcement system was launched by the EPA in July this year 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 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.  Sites which exceed a certain threshold become a National Priority Site and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.T and J Standish was also on the EPA's first NPS list published in July. Rosderra Irish Meat Group's Edenderry base was one of three sites included in July's NPS list not included in the latest edition due to improvements in compliance.

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