Quinn fined for 2014 breaching dust emissions

Quinn fined for 2014 breaching dust emissions
Published: 26 May 2015

Quinn Cement Ltd has been fined EUR2000 plus costs after the company pleaded guilty to having previously failed to control dust emissions from its plant in Ballyconnell, Ireland.

Reports of at least three houses and cars in the nearby area being coated in a film of cement dust were made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after a filter bag failed at the plant between 5-8 Septembeer 2014.

Cavan District court heard on 21 May how the plant was shut down, while the fault was found and rectified. A number of measures have since been employed at the Quinn Cement plant in Ballyconnell safeguarding against such an occurrence arising again.

Local newspaper Anglo-Celt reported on Thursday that Judge McLoughlin convicted and fined Quinn Cement Limited €2000 on one count of failure to control dust associated with activity, which resulted in an impairment of or an interference to amenities or the environment beyond the installation boundary, subject to licence.

A second count was struck out on the agreement that the company also pay costs incurred by the EPA in carrying out its investigation of €5569.79.

Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal.