EPA Board Meeting Minutes for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023

AIE request OCCS AIE 2023 03


2023 Board Minutes

Records 110 – 100

Record 99 – 90

Record 89-80

Records 79-70

Records 69 -60

Records 59-50

Records 49 -40

Records 39 – 30

Records 29-20

Records 19-10

Records 9 -1

EPA licencing – stocking threshold, pigs / poultry


OES AIE 2023 01

Under the AIE Regs to request a list of intensive agricultural sites that have been notified to the EPA by Local Authorities, which are below the stocking threshold for EPA licencing, to include the date first notified to EPA, and the general reasons for notification

For the purposes of this AIE please consider the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 YTD

EPA websites, portals and applications



See it? Say it! Phone app



Network for Ireland’s Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (NIECE)

No public access


No public access


Article 27

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European Communities ( Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 presents a number of options to manage waste – Article 27 (By Products) & Article 28 (end of waste).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the competent authority in Ireland for classifying by-product and end of waste:

  • Article 27 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations, 2011, allows an “economic operator” to decide, under certain circumstances, that a material is a by-product and not a waste.
  • Article 28 of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations, 2011 sets out the grounds by which a material which is recovered or recycled from waste can be deemed to be no longer a waste.

Article 27 requires a review of the waste to determine if it is fit to be classed as a by-product. Similarly the making of an end-of-waste proposal to the EPA must be in accordance with guidance prepared by the European Commission and must include a comprehensive assessment and relevant data such that the following key objectives can be achieved for the substance or object for which end of waste status is to be sought:

  • Is commonly used for specific purposes
  • A market or demand exists for such a substance
  • Fulfils the technical requirements for the specific purposes and meets the existing legislation and standards applicable to products
  • The use of the substance or object will not lead to overall adverse environmental or human health impacts. 



Online collaboration between the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.

Private Well Assessment App

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Shows locations of all 148 locations in Ireland that are identified bathing waters and will be monitored for bathing water quality during the summer bathing season, which runs from 1 June to 15 September.


Air quality

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SAFER-Data is a web-based interface to the Environmental Data Archive maintained by the Environmental Research Center (ERC) in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Grant Management

EPA’s Grant Management and Application Portal



DROPLET is an interactive web application for exploring information about projects and infrastructure which have been funded in Ireland on Water Research



Horizon 2020



National Soil Database







Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)

EPA Mapping / GIS


Timoleague Agri Gen Ltd Decision Letter & Records

OEE AIE 2023

09 P0986-01

Please note the following updates regarding P0986-01
– Lagoon update provided via LR068546
– Ground Water update provide via CI001815 _ A109332

Digestate Storage Basins report

Site Specific Enforcement Plans Decision Letter & associated records

OEE AIE 2023 12

Future Pigs Ltd, Gorteen Lower, Nurney, Co Kildare


Name of Installation Future Pigs Limited
Licensee Future Pigs Limited
Licence Register No. P0420-03
CRO Number 118651
Site Address Gorteen Lower, Nurney, Kildare
Site Visit Reference No. SV27496

Report Detail
Issue Date 28/02/2023
Prepared By Lisa Maher
Site Visit Detail
Date Of Inspection 07/02/2023

The licensee was found to be in breach of nine conditions of the licence. This level of non-compliance is of serious concern to the Agency.

Two compliance investigations have been opened in relation to digestate management and surface water management.

Enforcement action will continue to ensure compliance is restored in the shortest timeframe possible.

The Licensee is required to submit a response to the non-compliances raised in this site visit report within 30 days

The following site areas were inspected:

AD Plant and associated digestate lagoons

Piggery operations

Storm water drainage system and attenuation tank

Storm water monitoring points SW3 and SW4

The following documents were inspected during the site visit:

• Monthly available storage capacity for digestate lagoons 1, 2 & 3

Digestate Management

Digestate had overtopped and spilled from storage Lagoon 1 at two locations

Digestate was observed on the surface of the external yard and was flowing from the yard to unprotected ground at the rear of storage containers located at the boundary fence between the AD Plant and Piggery

Digestate was visible on the side slope of Lagoon 1 at the digestate offtake area which had arisen due to a spillage from a damaged pipe

This is non-compliant with condition 6.13.3 whereby there was no containment of digestate which had spilled/overflowed from the digestate storage lagoon resulting in the release of digestate to unprotected ground.

Digestate had spilled and accumulated in the offtake area. The drainage system serving this area which is designed to direct any spillages to an underground sump/tank was blocked and not functioning

The size of this pipework did not facilitate inspection by CCTV during the site visit therefore the integrity of these leak detection systems could not be confirmed. The source of the three pipes at each inspection chamber could not be explained by the licensee’s representatives.

Storm Water Management

Storm water gullies serving the yard area between the Intake Building and Pasteuriser Building at the AD Plant were visually inspected. One gully was blocked, with brown water accumulating on the yard surface. A site operative was observed trying to unblock this gully

Further storm water gullies serving this drainage line were visually inspected and observed to contain dark coloured liquid and solids

The storm water attenuation tank was visually inspected at two locations: the point labelled ADSW1 (approximate location – middle of the attenuation tank) and the immediate down-gradient (d/g) manhole. At this d/g manhole, the contents appeared brown and sludge-like

At the Piggery, a sump covered with a meal bar grid located at the edge of the concrete yard, opposite the Feed Mixing Building was observed to contain black liquid and solids

The Site Plan for the installation indicates that this gully is part of the storm water drainage system, with an outfall to a land-drain at the licensed emission point ref. SW 3. This land-drain flows to the Kildoon River which is a tributary of the Tully River. The Tully River flows into the Barrow River. The Barrow River is an Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

This is non-compliant with conditions 5.3, 6.15.2 & 6.15.4 whereby polluting matter was discharged to the surface water drainage system; the storm water drainage system was not properly maintained; and the surface water system did not contain uncontaminated surface water from impervious areas of the site.

A pool of black liquid was observed on the external concrete yard adjacent to the Brewery Tank which is used to store black grain. It was not clear if there was a gully located underneath this pool of liquid. The Site Plan for the installation indicates the presence of a gully at this location which is part of the storm water drainage system, with an outfall to a land-drain at the licensed emission point ref. SW 3. This land-drain flows to the Kildoon River.

A gully serving the external yard located adjacent to Leak Detection (LD) Point 6, associated with Digestate Storage Lagoon 1, was also observe to be full and contained brown liquid. This gully does not appear on the Site Plan for the installation and therefore it is not known if this gully is part of the storm water drainage system.

A further gully at the Piggery, located outside the roller door serving the Feed Mixing Building was observed to be nearly full and contained black liquid. This gully does not appear on the Site Plan for the installation. Therefore it is not known if this gully is part of the storm water drainage system.

The shut-off valve serving the storm water system at the AD Plant appears to be located within the d/g manhole associated with the storm water attenuation tank.

Storm water emission points SW3 and SW4 were visually inspected. The liquid at SW4 appeared cloudy and grey with evidence of a film on the surface. The was no flow from SW4 during the site visit to facilitate the taking of a sample for analysis. Sewage fungus was observed on the surface of the pipework at SW3. A sample was taken at this discharge point during the site visit.

Upstream of surface water emission points SW4 and ADSW1a, a pipe was observed arising from the bank and overhanging the land drain. The pipe was traced to the rear of mobile homes located adjacent to the Weaner House at the Piggery.

Waste stored on unprotected ground

Rubber chippings which had arisen from the Hydrogen Sulphide scrubber at the AD Plant, were observed stored in flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) bags on unprotected ground to the rear of Digestate Storage Lagoon 2/side of Digestate Storage Lagoon 3. This waste was not labelled. Staining was observed around the base of these bags. One bag was burst and the contents had spilled on to unprotected ground.

Two dolav bins which contained brown liquid/scum were observed stored on unprotected ground to the rear of Digestate Storage Lagoon 3

Dolavs containing numerous 20/25L drums of various chemicals were observed stored on unprotected ground to the rear of the Weaner House at the Piggery.

Metal waste had been removed from the metal waste skip and was stored on the concrete yard. Liquid was observed arising from this waste stockpile and flowing onto unprotected ground. The base of the metal skip was heavily worn and 3 holes were visible in the base of the skip. Due to the condition of the metal skip it is not appropriate for the storage of waste.

This is non-compliant with condition 8.5 whereby waste was not labelled or stored in designated areas, protected against leachate run-off.

Bunding of liquids

IBCs containing a dark liquid were observed stored un-bunded in the external yard adjacent to the Belly Grass Intake Area of the Intake Building at the AD Plant

Liquid with an iridescent sheen was observed on the external yard adjacent to the Pasteuriser Building. This liquid was traced to the base of the cladding of the Pasteuriser Building and a nearby pedestrian door. Upon visual inspection, black liquid and solids was observed to have accumulated in a bund directly inside this door

This is non-compliant with condition 3.5.2 and 3.5.3 whereby IBCs were stored un-bunded and liquid from the bund in the Pasteuriser building was not diverted for collection and safe disposal.

A mobile bund labelled “3” and located adjacent to LD point 6 at the AD Plant was observed to be nearly full with liquid. The mobile bund for the coolant was observed to contain liquid with a green tint.

Materials Handling

• Digestate was observed on unprotected ground adjacent to the digesters.

• A spillage of green liquid was observed on unprotected ground at the engines associated with the CHP Plant.

• Staining was observed on unprotected ground to the rear of the Weaner House. Staining at the base of the wall of the Weaner House was observed close-by.

• Black liquid was observed pooling on unprotected ground adjacent to the Brewery Tank.

This is non-compliant with condition 8.4 whereby the loading and unloading of materials was not carried out in designated areas protected against spillage and leachate run-off.

• A spillage of white liquid was observed on the yard underneath a trailer parked at the Offloading Area of the Intake Building. The control measure of placing drip trays underneath parked vehicles to capture food and food residues associated with unloading activities was not in place.

• Black grain was observed accumulating on the yard next to the Brewery Tank.

• Bins for storage of pig carcasses were observed on unprotected ground.

Corrective Action Required:
Comply with condition 8.4.
In accordance with condition 6.10, demonstrate the integrity and water tightness of the slurry storage tanks associated with the weaner house. A report in this regard shall be submitted in response to this site visit report.

Staff shall be trained on the actions to be implemented on finding a spillage at the site including the reporting of such spillages to the Environmental Manager. Records of this training shall be maintained onsite.

Bins for storage of pig carcasses shall be held on an impervious surface


An odour assessment was undertaken by the Agency on 07/02/2023, in accordance with EPA Air Guidance document AG5 (Odour Impact Assessment Guidance for EPA Licensed Sites). Persistent, moderate odours originating from the site were detected at a sensitive receptor beyond, and downwind of, the installation boundary. During the subsequent site visit, odours consistent with those detected off-site were experienced on-site at the piggery.

This is non-compliant with Condition 5.2.

Condensate was observed leaking from overhead pipework associated with the digesters. This leak was identified by an Agency inspector due to the odour arising from the leaking condensate.

Roller door 2 serving the Intake Building was open during the site visit. The licensee’s representative stated that the door had malfunctioned and required repair. This presents a potential pathway for the release of odour to atmosphere.

Residues from operations occurring within the Intake Building where observed on the yard outside roller door 2. Residues are being transferred to the outdoor yard via the tires of vehicles accessing this building.

This represents a potential odour source during warmer weather.

The findings of the report on Negative-Pressure Testing of the Intake Building were discussed. Discussions focused on the report recommendations that: roller door 2 and the roller door to be installed at the opening to the Attritor area should be interlocked; and installation of fasting acting roller doors throughout this building.

Corrective Action Required:
Comply with condition 5.2 & 5.5.2.
Repair the leak in the condensate line without delay.
Implement the recommendations from the report on Negative-Pressure Testing of the Intake Building

Impervious areas of the site

The following observations require action by the licensee to prevent the release of emissions from the installation to ground (soil/groundwater):

At the AD Plant –
• The yard outside roller door 3 of the Intake Building was eroded and damaged.
• The internal floor in the Attritor Area of the Intake Building was eroded and channeling was observed

At the Piggery –
• The yard adjacent to the Feed Mixing Building was cracked/broken.
• Open joints were observed in the internal floor in the Feed Mixing Building. Milk was observed in these joints.

Action Required:
Ensure an impervious surface is maintained at the areas listed above. Submit evidence of same in response to this site visit report

Data Recording/Management System

While a SCADA monitoring system is in place at the installation, there is no associated data recording/management system.
This is non-compliant with Condition 11.7 (iv).

Corrective Action Required:
Install a data recording /management system for the SCADA system without delay.

Inputs to the AD Plant

During the site visit, licensee representatives indicated that various waste/material arising from onsite operations are directed to the intake tanks for the AD process including contents of bunds, the contents of the storm water drainage system and associated tanks etc.

Action Required:
Provide details of all waste/material arising from onsite operations which are input to the AD process.
Include the List of Waste code, where relevant. This information shall be provided in response to this site visit report.

Kealanine Landfill – Kealanine, Co. Cork (CoA H0089-01)

Kealanine Landfill

March 2022

OEE AIE 2023 16 Decision Letter

“It was my understanding that Cork County Council submitted eight applications to the EPA between 2009 and 2015 for a determination. Newmarket historic landfill (H001-01) was submitted in 2009 and Kealanine (H0089-01) submitted in 2014 were determined and we are awaiting a determination for the remaining sites which are”-

Dunmanway (H0084-01)
Velvetstown (H0008-01)
Pike (H0007-01)
Clonakilty (H0081-01)
Clountreem (H0077-01)
Cloyne (H0082-01)