EPA Says Works Needed To Prevent Waste Water Pollution In Tralee

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SINN Fein TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, said a number of waterways in Kerry are now facing a severe biodiversity challenge.

He was speaking after the publication today of the Environment Protection Agency’s Urban Waste Water Treatment report 2021, which revealed Tralee and Abbeydorney as areas identified as needing works to prevent waste water causing harm to rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters.

“The EPA reports for a number of years have been concerning,” said Deputy Daly. “A number of factors impact on water quality, including agri emissions, discharge of sewage and run-off from other activities.

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“Water quality is also linked to biodiversity, which is being impacted by climate change. The report is clear that a number of waterways in Kerry are now facing a severe biodiversity challenge, and 33% are above “moderate” levels of pollution.

“This is not good enough and I have previously called for Irish water to carry out assessments in Cromane, Maherees, Tralee Bay, Valentia Harbour and the Kenmare River.

“The funding needs to be provided for this work and for whatever measures are required to reduce these emissions. The additional €5 million in the budget for the whole state is totally inadequate. Waste water systems and sewage treatment works for places like Castlegregory, Glenbeigh, Abbeydorney and Fenit have been delayed long enough,” he said.

The EPA Report released today says Irish Water should prioritise works to prevent waste water from harming rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters in 38 specific areas in the country, including Tralee and Abbeydorney in Kerry.

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