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A report in the Irish Examiner on ‘self certified’ septic tanks shows that Ireland paid fines of €2.64 million to the EU for non-compliance. (This was discounted from the original fine of €7.44 million in recognition of hardship).
“The (Comptroller and Auditor General’s) report also notes that an initial inspection of septic tanks showed that there was only a 47% compliance rate among owners in how they properly operated tanks.”
“The review found that in 138 cases (33% of inspections) the system constituted, or was likely to constitute, a risk to human health or the environment.”
The price of non-compliance hitting the pockets of tax-payers- a €2,64million fine could have built a new school or 30?? Council houses. Non-compliance has other hidden costs as it is a risk to health in rural communities and a risk to contamination in the food chain, costs which will ultimately fall on the Exchequer.