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Hogan must publish septic tank standards

29 February, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD has called on Minister Hogan to publish the new standards for septic tanks as soon as possible.

Deputy Stanley was speaking today after a rally against septic tank charges outside the Dáil.

Stanley said:

“Families have a right to know what the new septic tank standards will be. Minister Hogan promised that the standards would be published and a period of consultation would take place.

“It is weeks since the legislation was introduced, yet we are still waiting for the standards to see the light of day. Sinn Féin wants these standards published so that we can study them. We agree that septic tanks need standards, but they must be workable and fair.

“We will be campaigning strongly to ensure these standards are directly linked to a fund to meet the needs of households upgrading septic tanks. We must also ensure that rural households are not criminalised for being in breach of legislation that is unworkable.

“I pay tribute to the communities who have organised themselves to resist this unjust charge. The minster must listen to the public and publish the standards immediately and let us get on with the consultation period.”

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