HIGH COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST MITCHELSTOWN PIGGERY
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a pig farm in Mitchelstown is being operated in a manner that poses a significant risk to both human health and the environment.
The EPA secured a temporary High Court injunction against the owners of the piggery, Rory and Monica O’Brien, t/a Rory and Monica O’Brien Pig Enterprises, Killicane, Mitchelstown after inspections by the agency revealed that pig carcasses had been unlawfully buried at the farm and pig slurry had flowed from the facility into the ground and a nearby river.
The order restrains the O’Briens, who have an integrated Pollution Control Licence to operate a piggery at the site, from allowing any polluting matter to enter, lie on or fall upon any soil, ground or water. The judge also granted the EPA permission to seek further orders against the O’Briens when the matter is next before the court.
In an affidavit to the court Linda Dalton, an inspector with the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement, said that the piggery is being operated in breach of its IPC licence.
Thursday 31st March 8:48pm