Corrib River Sewage Discharge

October 2021

Corrib River Sewage Discharge by Christopher Tierney on Vimeo

An Taisce Report

The Mutton Island Waste Water Treatment Plant (D0050) was opened in 2004 with a claimed capacity of 90,000 people equivalents.

In 2014 it was upgraded to have a claimed capacity of 170,000 people equivalents (reduced by Galway City Council to 145,000 people equivalent to allow for Summer tourists). Local papers carried of stories in 2004 (and again in 2014) of how the Mutton Island Waste Water Treatment Plant would guarantee the beaches in Galway City would now be safe to swim in.
The reality however is that is not true.

Galway’s Mutton Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Innovative monitoring to prioritise contaminants of emerging concern for Ireland

Project AttributeProject Details
Project TitleInnovative monitoring to prioritise contaminants of emerging concern for Ireland
EPA Project Code2017-W-MS-31
Lead OrganisationDublin City University (DCU)
CoordinatorBlánaid White
EPA Research 2014 – 2020 Theme(s)Water: Theme 1: Safe Water
EPA Research Pillars
Project Start and End DatesStart: 05/03/2018
End (if applicable): 05/03/2021
Revised End Date (if applicable):
EPA Project TypeMedium Scale Project
EPA Award TypeSTRIVE – Project Based Awards
Current Project StatusGrant Awarded
Total Funding Amount349891.64
Project Abstract/Description
EPA Scientific OfficerCeciliaHegarty

Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)

The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) provides easily accessible key environmental data from industrial facilities in Ireland. The register contains data reported during for the period of 2007 to 2019 for over 400 facilities that are engaged in environmentally hazardous activities.

For each facility, information is provided concerning the amounts of pollutant releases to air, water and land as well as off-site transfers of waste and of pollutants in waste water from a list of 91 key pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides, greenhouse gases and dioxins for the year 2007 to 2019.

The register contributes to transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making. It implements for the European Community the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) PRTR Protocol to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.