The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.
Nine sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards; this is an increase of four sites from the previous list. These companies face further enforcement action from the EPA in order to secure compliance.
Five of the nine sites are from the agri-food sector. The main compliance issues are causing odour and noise nuisance and failing to properly manage wastewater discharges.
Three sites are from the waste sector. The main compliance issues are poor waste management practices on site and causing odour.
The nine sites accounted for 43 percent of all complaints received in this period.
Licensed facilities 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.
The National Priority Sites for Enforcement system was launched by the EPA in July 2017 to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities.
Further details of the National Priority Sites scoring system and the list of sites can be found on the EPA website.