Stanley welcomes EPA announcement on septic tank inspections
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government Brian Stanley TD has welcomed today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that it is to employ local authority staff to carry out inspections of domestic septic tanks to meet the new standards.
Responding to reports that 1000 septic tanks are to be inspected, Stanley said;
“Today’s announcement by the EPA that the inspections will be carried out by local authority staff is very welcome. In fact it is something Sinn Féin has been calling for since the introduction of the Waste Water Bill in 2011. Local authority staff have the skills and local knowledge that can only be of benefit to these inspections.
“It is also a positive development that the European Commission has stopped issuing fines to Ireland. This crisis was brought about by the inactivity of consecutive governments dating back to 1974. It is shocking that Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil have all been in power and could all have resolved the issue many years ago.
“One of the remaining issues that needs to be addressed is financial support for upgrading of septic tanks. Sinn Féin remains resolute that the Department of Finance must provide full financial assistance to households who find it necessary to have their septic tanks upgraded to meet these new standards. Many households in rural Ireland will simply not be able to afford the upgrades required to meet these standards.”