The Director of Public Prosecutions has prosecuted Oxigen Environmental and Cavan County Council for breaching a condition of an EPA waste licence between 14 February 2007 and 14 February 2009 contrary to section 39 of the Waste Management Act. The prosecution was based on a file prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Oxigen Environmental and Cavan County Council pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that odours did not give rise to a nuisance at Corranure Landfill, Cootehill Road, Cavan or in the immediate area of the landfill. There were 30 counts on the indictment and the company and the council pleaded guilty to sample counts.
Cavan County Council was fined €10,000 per week for the 26 weeks from 14 February 2007 to 30 September 2007 totalling €260,000. Oxigen Environmental was fined €10,000 per week for the 78 weeks from 1 October 2007 to 14 February 2009 totalling €780,000
The Environmental Protection Agency’s costs of €40,000 were also awarded. This prosecution was taken on foot of an investigation carried out by EPA inspectors and complaints from local residents.