Europe delivers water penalty
THE European Court of Justice has handed down a fine to Ireland over its failure to carry out secondary treatment of waste water at six locations, including Bray.
According to John Gormley, Minister for the environment, the fine is in the region of ¤30 million with daily fines implemented until deadlines are met.
The case, brought before three judges at the Court in Luxembourg, found Ireland was in breach of the 1991 Urban Waste Water Treatment directive.
Ireland did not contest the fact that it had failed to comply with the Directive in relation to five of the areas: Bray, Letterkenny, Shanganagh, Sligo and Tramore.
The deadline for updating the Bray sewerage plant to a secondary capacity treatment plant was December 31 2000.