Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (412)

Finian McGrath

Question:

426 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will intervene to save 70 jobs at a company (details supplied). [34348/12]

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

Local authorities have statutory responsibility for issuing waste facility permits under the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007, as amended, and for the enforcement of conditions applying to such permits. The enforcement actions of local authorities in such matters are subject to oversight by the Office of Environmental Enforcement within the Environmental Protection Agency and, where a complainant is dissatisfied with the actions of a local authority, the matter may be referred to that Office.

Under Section 60 (3) of the Waste Management Act the Minister is specifically precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to the performance by a local authority, in particular circumstances, of a statutory function vested in it.