Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (79)

Pat Rabbitte


65 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his view on plans by a subsidiary of a company (details supplied) to deal with three separate illegal dumps on its lands in west Wicklow by creating a special landfill on the site; his further views on the amount of illegal waste on this site, specifically the amount of hazardous material; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27341/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The licensing of relevant waste facilities is a matter for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is independent in the exercise of its statutory functions in this regard. I am specifically precluded from involvement in this licensing process.

With regard to the consequences of unauthorised waste activities, I shall shortly be issuing statutory guidance to local authorities and the agency on the appropriate treatment and remediation of unauthorised waste sites.