Agri-food companies dominate EPA national priority list

Four agri-food companies dominate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement.

A total of eight sites licensed by the EPA are on the list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards. Further enforcement action faces these eight sites.

The EPA launched this list in July 2017 to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities.

The four agri-food companies on the list include:
  • Arrow Group, Co. Kildare;
  • Green Pasture Meat Processors Ltd, Co. Longford;
  • Nutricia Infant Nutrition Ltd, Co. Cork;
  • Rosderra Irish Meats Group (Edenderry), Co. Offaly.

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 agency explained.

Meanwhile, four sites have come off the previous National Priority Sites List for Enforcement following improvements in compliance.

These sites include: Arrabawn Co-operative Society Ltd, Co. Tipperary; Carbery Food Ingredients Ltd, Co. Cork; and Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd (Mallow), Co. Cork. A recycling plant was also included on this list.