Further to the circulation of a video showing the contents of a council truck being poured into the River Nore in Kilkenny…
Niall Sargent, of the Green News, reports:
Ireland’s environmental watchdog has ordered Kilkenny County Council to investigate potential contamination of the River Nore by discharge from a Council street sweeping truck.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called for the investigation after video footage emerged of a street sweeping truck emptying a liquid substance into the river in April 2016.
The incident occurred along the Canal Walk, which passes alongside the county’s most famous landmark, Kilkenny Castle.
…In a statement to The Green News, the EPA confirmed that it received an anonymous complaint in July 2017 in relation to the footage.
The EPA said that it has requested the council to investigate the complaint, with a report from the council’s Environment Section set to be delivered by 11 August 2017.
The Council’s Director of Services Tim Butler confirmed the incident, stating that the liquid disposed of was “excess surface water from street sweeping activities”.
He added that the composition is “similar to run off after any rainfall events.”
Previously: A River Runs Through It