My Department assumed responsibility for remediation works at Haulbowline Island in 2012. Cork County Council is appointed as my agent for the operational delivery of the remediation project. One of the important initial tasks undertaken since 2012 was to apply for and secure a Waste Licence from the Environmental Protection Agency. The licence in situ was approved in July 2014. The licence sets out the conditions under which remediation activities can take place on Haulbowline East Tip including facility management and operations, emissions limits and handling/treatment of waste.
Cork County Council, as my agent overseeing the operational delivery of the remediation works, has confirmed that there has only been one instance of the removal of hazardous waste from the site for offsite decontamination/disposal since 2012. This involved the removal, in February this year, of 400 litres of waste oil to a licensed facility for treatment. As was appropriate, the EPA was informed in advance of the removal of the hazardous materials.