Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Water and Sewerage Schemes
Brendan Griffin (Kerry South, Fine Gael)
Question 350: To ask the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government his plans to implement a scheme for upgrading and replacing ineffective septic tanks and sewerage treatment systems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17589/11]
Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
Question 351: To ask the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government when he will bring forward new regulations regarding existing septic tanks for one off houses. [17608/11]
Phil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
I propose to take Questions Nos. 350 and 351 together.
In October 2009, the European Court of Justice ruled that Ireland failed to adopt the necessary legislation to comply with Articles 4 and 8 of Council Directive 75/442/EEC, known as the Waste Directive, regarding domestic wastewaters disposed of in the countryside through septic tanks and other individual wastewater treatment systems. The Government recently approved the urgent drafting of a Bill to provide for the establishment of a new system for the inspection and monitoring of the performance of septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment systems. The Bill will be published as soon as possible and my intention will be to pursue its early enactment thereafter.