Ireland, Greece condemned for green breaches

Dublin chastised over groundwater pollution;  Athens over bird protection and sewage

Ireland has been condemned by the European court of justice for breaching a 1980 directive on the protection of groundwater against dangerous substances.  In a ruling issued on Thursday EU judges said operators of a municipal landfill in the county of Wicklow had failed to prevent leachate from being discharged into water.

Judges also backed a European commission claim that the site's operating permit did not fully comply with the law.  But they dismissed its claim that Ireland had failed to comply with requirements on indirect discharges from septic tanks.  The commission had not provided sufficient proof of this, it said.

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