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Shell named as one of eight companies on EPA’s latest worst polluters list

January 30th, 2018

Shell Ireland is one of eight industrial sites listed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest list of industrial sites under its radar for breaches of environmental regulations.

The sites are included on the environmental watchdog’s National Priority Site (NPS) list, which is updated on a quarterly basis. Six of the sites account for more than half of all complaints received in 2017, the majority of which concerned odour, noise or dust.

The NPS system was launched in July 2017 to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities. Points are allocated to each site based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents, and non-compliances over the previous six months. Sites which exceed a certain threshold become an NPS and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.

In a statement to The Green News, Shell E & P Ireland said that the company was included on the EPA’s list in relation to compliance investigations and public complaints related to a gas export incident last year.

“Shell E&P Ireland Limited is cooperating fully with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas terminal continues to operate safely,” the statement continues.

In September 2017, a volume of unodourised gas from the Bellanaboy Terminal in Co Mayo entered the gas network and was required to be flared. Flaring resulted in increased noise levels and visual impact from the gas terminal site, according to the EPA.

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