Europe de­liv­ers wa­ter penalty

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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.

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