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Irish Cement makes EPA black list

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Irish Cement’s Mungret cement plant has been included of five industrial sites in Ireland that are targets of new enforcement drive from the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The plant has been at the centre of controversies its consumption of waste-derived fuels and dust emissions at the plant.

Mungret was included on a new National Priority Site List for enforcement that will be subject to escalated enforcement action, should they not improve their compliance, said Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement.

In a statement to World Cement, Irish Cement said it had been “actively engaged with the EPA” in recent months over the issue of dust emissions, over which time EPA inspectors had visited the Mungret site. Reports from these visits had been published on the EPA website, detailing any findings, actions required, non-compliances, and timelines for follow-up actions and reporting.

“Irish Cement at all times cooperates fully with any EPA visits and investigations as is required by the Industrial Emission Licence,” the company continued. “Our team in the Limerick cement factory look forward to resolving any issues and being removed from future EPA Priority Site lists”.

In addition to Mungret, the National Priority Site List include three sites in the food industry – Arrow Group’s Kildare site, Rosderra Irish Meat Group’s Offaly Site, and Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery in Tipperary – and a sawmill.

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