A Donegal packaging company was targeted by the EPA over environmental issues last year, according to a new report.
Euroflex Teoranta in Derrybeg, Gweedore, was designated as a National Priority Site in Q2 and Q3 of 2022 over air emissions.
The company, which creates surface coatings, restored compliance and was removed from the EPA’s list by the final quarter of 2022.
Euroflex Teo was one of 13 sites targeted by the EPA last year.
Commenting on the 2022 Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report, Dr. Tom Ryan, Director, EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said: “Our enforcement activities are risk based and are, in particular, targeted at sites that are not complying with their licence requirements. We carried out over 1,400 inspections of industrial and waste licensed activities and a further 58 inspections of unauthorised activities which require a licence. Eighty seven per cent of these inspections are unannounced.”
He added: “The thirteen sites on the National Priority Sites List in 2022 were the subject of targeted enforcement action. While this represents only 1.5 per cent of the total sites licensed by the EPA, it is disappointing that the Food and Drink sector continues to make up a significant proportion of these. A small number of sites is threatening the green sustainable image that sector endeavours to project.
Our aim is to ensure that all sites, across all sectors, resolve their environmental issues, return to compliance and operate without giving cause for complaints from their neighbours.”
Euroflex Teoranta was prosecuted by the Environmental Protection Agency in December 2019 over breaches of conditions of its Industrial Emissions Licence (P0969 – 02).