Judge rules directors may not be liable for dump clean-up costs

plans to make company directors personally liable for the cost of the environmental clean-up at Keriffstown landfill, near Naas, have received a blow.

plans to make company directors personally liable for the cost of the environmental clean-up at Keriffstown landfill, near Naas, have received a blow.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had taken a case against Nephin Trading and others involved in the licensed landfill. However, last week Mr Justice John Edwards ruled that European regulations aimed at making company directors personally libable for the costs of environmental clean-ups had not been correctly transposed into Irish law.

Both the EPA and Department of Environment spent four weeks fighting fires at the site earlier this year and the total cost of the clean up is expected to rise to E30m.

Nephin Trading and associated companies Dean Waste and Jenzsoph Ltd had been operating at the landfill and recycling facility for 14 years until the agency secured court orders stopping them from accepting furher waste last year. Nephin Trading subsequently went into liquidation.

The judge’s full ruling is expected within days and the court was adjourned until March 18 to decide who will be liable for the cost of the case.