THE Environmental Protection (EPA) said it has no concerns over emissions from the Enva plant in Portlaoise despite numerous complaints from residents.
However, Senator John Whelan has accused the EPA of “colluding with the company in what is a cover-up of emitting in what are, in some instances, carcinogenic emissions into the atmosphere and waste water in the vicinity”.
Using parliamentary privilege in the Seanad last Thursday, Whelan blamed “light touch” and “lax” regulation by the EPA, and described an “Erin Brockovich scenario, where people are living in fear, living in silence”.
In response Enva dismissed Whelan’s allegations as “unfounded” and stressed that it regularly carries out monitoring to ensure the safety of its staff and the people living nearby.
Yesterday the EPA said it “utterly rejects the allegation made by Senator John Whelan under privilege that the EPA ‘colluded’ with a licenced company”. The Agency also rejected out of hand criticisms of the EPA’s approach to regulation made by the Senator in a subsequent statement
Meanwhile, residents are concerned over fumes they say come from the plant.