Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
521. Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the EU Commission has investigated breaches of EU Environmental Law in respect of a company (details supplied) in County Cork. [29875/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): The European Commission originally corresponded with my Department in August 2002 on complaints received concerning the manner in which Ireland implemented Council Directive 75/442/EC on waste, as amended by Council Directive 91/156/EEC. The issues raised concerned irregular waste movements and illegal waste trafficking in Ireland, and the adequacy of Ireland’s administration and controls in relation to these matters. The complaint in particular related to movements of waste from the company concerned.
My Department replied to the Commission on the issues raised, highlighting the significant reforms carried out in the areas of administration of waste movements and the enforcement of waste legislation. The Commission decided, in light of the replies received, to close this particular case against Ireland.
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