Ireland: Irish Cement has been fined for dust emissions at its Limerick plant. The subsidiary of CRH was convicted by a local court of breaching its industrial emissions licence in April and May 2017 due to ‘fugitive dust emissions,’ according to the Limerick Leader newspaper. The cement producer pleaded guilty to the charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and it has been fined Euro1250.
During the court session it was revealed that on one of the days of the dust emissions there were dry conditions with a north-easterly wind that exacerbated the situation. There was also a dust leak as a result of a missing bolt from one of the chutes in a clinker silo as well as a number of infrastructural issues. Irish Cement says it has implemented a number of remedial measures such as replacing the missing bolt and replacing gravel around the site with grass or concrete. It has also conducted a risk-assessment of the whole site. The producer committed a similar offence in 2006.