EPA Ireland Submission Data available as RSS, CSV and SQLite

Whilst there is a ton of useful data on the EPA Ireland web-site, it’s not exactly easy to track what’s going on.

Tool built by https://twitter.com/conoro to scrape the thousands of individual RSS feeds and generate what is hopefully helpful to those of you who wish to monitor submissions on the site.

The code is all up on GitHub here. In summary what it does is:

  • Once a day around 1.30am GMT, it scrapes all the feeds on the EPA site
  • It saves all the data into a SQLite database and uploads that to Amazon S3
  • It updates a single small RSS feed with all the submissions from the previous day
  • It generates a new CSV file with the same data as the RSS feed and saves that to GitHub

Subscribing to the RSS Feed

Use this URL in Feedly or similar: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/conoro/epa-rss/main/output/daily.xml

Viewing the daily CSV files.

They are all here in the repo starting on Sep 22nd 2022: https://github.com/conoro/epa-rss/tree/main/output/csv/daily

Getting notified by email (experimental)

If you’d like to receive email with a link to the latest CSV each day:

  • Create a GitHub Account
  • Click the drop-down menu beside “Watch” in the top right of this project’s page.
  • Select “Custom” and tick the box beside “Issues”. Then click Apply.
  • You should start receiving the emails beginning tomorrow.

SQLite Database

The latest full set of scraped data is available as a SQLite DB that you can download here. Use something like SQLiteStudio to browse and query it.

Examining the data in the SQLite Database using Datasette Lite

You can use a very cool project by Simon Willison called Datasette Lite to browse and query all the latest data in your browser by going here. I highly recommend playing around with it, as you can query by keywords and date ranges.

https://conoroneill.net/2022/09/26/epa-ireland-submission-data-available-as-rss-csv-sqlite/

EPA Enforcement Case: Western Brand Group

EPA prosecutes Western Brand Group Limited (P0831-01)

https://www.epa.ie/our-services/compliance–enforcement/whats-happening/prosecutions-and-penalties/prosecutions-2023/epa-prosecutes-western-brand-group-limited-p0831-01.php

On 30th January 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted Western Brand Group Limited (P0831-01) at Castlebar District Court,

The company pleaded guilty to 8 Charges:

  • Failure to comply with condition 5.1, on the 22nd of January 2019, in that specified emission exceed the Emission Limit Value (ELV) for Ammonia set out in Schedule B of the said licence.
  • Failure to comply with condition 5.1, on the 22nd of January 2019, in that specified emission exceed the Emission Limit Value (ELV) for Suspended Solids set out in Schedule B of the said licence.
  • Failure to comply with condition 5.1, on the 23rd of January 2019, in that specified emission exceed the Emission Limit Value (ELV) for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) set out in Schedule B of the said licence.
  • Failure to comply with condition 5.1, on the 23rd of January 2019, in that specified emission exceed the Emission Limit Value (ELV) for flow (m3/day) set out in Schedule B of the said licence.
  • Failure to comply with condition 5.1, on the 19th of February 2019, in that specified emission exceed the Emission Limit Value (ELV) for E-Coli set out in Schedule B of the said licence.
  • Failure to comply with condition 8.2 on the 23rd of January 2019, in failure to ensure that waste sent off-site for recovery/disposal was transported off-site by an authorised waste contractor in a manner that was in accordance with the appropriate National and European legislation and protocols, namely that the waste was transported in a lorry tanker by personnel who did not hold a waste collection permit.
  • Failure to comply with condition 8.2 on the 23rd of January 2019, in failure to ensure that waste sent off-site for recovery/disposal from the site of the activity to the site of recovery/disposal in a manner that was in accordance with the appropriate National and European legislation and protocols to a facility that was not the holder of a waste facility permit as required by Section 39 of the Waste Management Act 1996 (as amended).
  • Failure to comply with Condition 11.8, on the 23rd of January 2019, for failing to keep a full record in respect of the transport of waste from the licensed site.

Judge Keane, having heard the evidence, convicted the company on the above charges.

Judge Keane imposed fines of €8,000 (€1,000 per charge) and costs were also awarded.   

Unlicenced Peat Extraction – Blyry Lower, Tullycross, County of Westmeath

EPA Prosecutes an Unlicensed Peat Operator

https://goo.gl/maps/77pQdTBe1fmDT6zC9

Hearing Date: February 03, 2023

On the 3rd February 2023 the Environmental Protection Agency prosecuted an unlicensed peat operator, at Athlone District Court. 

The unlicensed peat operator pleaded guilty to the following offences:

  1. That he did, on or about the 21st day of July 2022 at or about Blyry Lower, Tullycross in the County of Westmeath, carry out an activity, namely the extraction of peat in the course of business which involves an area exceeding 50 hectares, without there being a licence or revised licence in force in relation to the said activity, in contravention of Section 82(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (as amended).
  2. That he did, on or about the 12th day of May 2022 at or about Blyry Lower, Tullycross in the County of Westmeath, carry out an activity, namely the extraction of peat in the course of business which involves an area exceeding 50 hectares, without there being a licence or revised licence in force in relation to the said activity, in contravention of Section 82(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (as amended).
  3. That he did, on or about the 5th day of May 2022 at or about Blyry Lower, Tullycross in the County of Westmeath, carry out an activity, namely the extraction of peat in the course of business which involves an area exceeding 50 hectares, without there being a licence or revised licence in force in relation to the said activity, in contravention of Section 82(2) of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (as amended).

Judge Owens, having heard the evidence, convicted the unlicensed peat operator on Charges 1 and 2 above and took Charge 3 into consideration.  She imposed fines totalling €3,000 (€2,000 for Charge 1 and €1,000 for Charge 2).  Costs of €4,789 were also awarded. 

AIE: State Aid, Irish Forestry Programme – additional DAFM – EU correspondence

OCEI appeal OCE-125767-S6L1K7

Original AIE 23/035

Note – compare with leaked letter dated 22 November 2022 from DG End to DAFM recently (leaked letter available here https://www.pbp.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/LetterIE-sent-21112022.pdf )

Woodland vegetation change through space and time : impacts of large herbivores

http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/80421

Long-term deer exclusion in yew-wood and oakwood habitats in southwest Ireland:
Changes in ground flora and species diversity

Long-term deer exclusion in yew-wood and oakwood habitats in southwest Ireland: Natural regeneration and stand dynamics

Irish Rail considering Glyphosate free alternatives

Iarnród Éireann, Irish Rail (IE) currently have a weed spray system is use currently throughout the Iarnród Éireann network. Given the herbicide Glyphosate health concerns from the World Health Organisation, IE are seeking information on Glyphosate free alternatives.

Irish Rail are seeking information on the potential for supply of the following product types:

  1. A Glyphosate free alternative to the following product type – Contact & residual non selective broad spectrum herbicide for use on Railway Ballast (Application by Spray Train)
  1. A Glyphosate free alternative to the following product type – Herbicide indicated to treat Equisetum Arvense (Mares Tail / Horse Tail) approved for use on Railway Ballast and Set aside

            (Application by Spray Train)

  1. A Glyphosate free alternative to the following product type – Herbicide indicated to treat Equisetum Arvense (Mares Tail / Horse Tail) approved for use on Railway Ballast and Set aside

            (Application by Tractor)

A Glyphosate free alternative to the following product type – Systemic non selective broad spectrum herbicide for Railway Ballast/Hard surface (Application by Knapsack)