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Hazardous Substances.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 February 2005

Tuesday, 15 February 2005

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Pat Breen

Question:

303 Mr. P. Breen asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 58 and 59 of 12 October 2004, the various Seveso establishments that have produced the requisite safety report in accordance with Article 9 of Council Directive 96/82/EC, together with the date each such establishment complied with the said article; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5007/05]

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Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances has been transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 476 of 2000), as amended by the European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances)(Amendment) Regulations 2003 — SI 402 of 2003. A further directive, 2003/105/EC on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances, is due to be transposed into Irish law by 1 July 2005.

The directive and transposition regulations require that a safety report be produced if the inventory of dangerous substances exceeds stated thresholds in Annexe 1 of the directive. The report must address in detail: the nature of the establishment and its surrounding environment; the character of the dangerous substances and their processing; the extent and severity of potential major accidents; emergency planning; and the company's safety management system. The production of such reports often requires the use by a company of external specialist expertise to conduct the necessary consequence and risk assessment.

The following table shows the dates that safety reports were received from the various establishments that are, or were, subject to the requirement to produce a safety report. Following their receipt they have been subject to a detailed assessment and additional information or clarification has been sought as necessary. Safety reports have not been requested from those establishments, which will no longer be top tier sites when Directive 2003/105/EC comes into force; this is required of the member states before 1 July 2005. The basis for this decision was that by the time the reports would have been produced and evaluated the relevant establishments would have been close to or already outside the legal requirement for such a report.

Company/County

Safety Report received

Flogas, Drogheda, Louth

May 2001

Calor, Dublin

January 2001

Flogas, Tivoli, Cork

May 2001

Calor, Tivoli, Cork

February 2001

Calor, Whitegate, Cork

February 2001

Irish Refining, Cork

February 2001

IFI, Marino Point, Cork

May 2001

Dynea, Marino Point

May 2002

IFI, Arklow, Wicklow

April 2001

Merck Sharp Dohme (Irl) Ltd, Tipperary

February 2001

SmithKline Beecham (Cork) Ltd

Jan, 2001

Eli Lily S.A., Cork

February 2001

Schering Plough, Avondale, Wicklow

February 2001

Contract and General Warehousing Ltd, Dublin

June 2002

Campus/Calor, New Ross, Wexford

February 2001

Automation Transport, Dublin

March 2002

Irish Distillers, Cork

September 2001

Bantry Terminals, Cork

March 2001

Irish Industrial Explosives Ltd, Kildare

February 2002

Univar, Dublin

February 2003

Pfizer, Incheera, Cork

December 2003

Esso JFT, Dublin Port

July 2004

TOP Dublin

January 2004

Chemco (Irl) Ltd, Dublin

April 2004

The National Oil Reserves Agency Ltd, Cork

February 2004

Aer Rianta, Shannon, Clare

July 2004

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