Friends of the Irish Environment said the proposal risk based inspection programme for septic tanks would not meet the terms of the European judgment.

‘The model used in County Cavan which was specifically singled out as satisfactory in the Judgment of the European Court requires that all septic tanks are registered and inspected at periodic intervals. The Government's proposal does not meet that standard and so risks further infringement proceedings, as well as leaving the environment at risk from the estimated one-third of the 400,000 septic tanks across Ireland that are currently polluting the environment.

The omission of a requirement to inspect septic tanks in new dwellings and those being sold is particularly irresponsible.'

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