Irish Water to face trial over pollution claims

Irish Water to face trial over pollution claims

THE Environmental Protection Agency has handed over evidence to Irish Water which is facing prosecution for failing to ensure sewage waste from a treatment plant did not cause pollution.

The utility company is being prosecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the case was listed before Judge John O'Neill at Dublin District Court today.

Irish Water faces three charges of breaching the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations 2007.

The prosecution relates to the sewage scheme waste water treatment plant at Tinure in Co. Louth.

It is alleged that from May 22 until June 3 last year Irish Water failed to notify the agency of an incident there.

It is also alleged Irish Water did not operate in accordance with best practice to ensure that discharge from the works did not cause environmental pollution.

Judge O'Neill was told that the EPA has provided disclosure and there was agreement from both sides for the case to be adjourned.

It resumes in four weeks when Irish Water will have to enter a plea to the charges or possibly have a hearing date set.