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March 2023: Roche Ireland can confirm that it has been granted an Industrial Emissions (IE) Licence by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to undertake the remediation phase of its site decommissioning project in Clarecastle, Co. Clare. The licence sets out the environmental protection conditions that must be adhered to in remediating three areas of environmental concern on the 88-acre site

Acknowledging receipt of the licence, Roche Ireland Site Decommissioning Project Owner Joe Murphy said: “This is a very positive outcome and a key milestone in the overall decommissioning project. It follows an extensive period of review of Roche Ireland’s submission to the EPA on the standards that will be maintained throughout the remediation phase to protect the environment and the community.

“Receiving the licence enables the remediation phase to proceed. We look forward to commencing work on this critical phase of the site decommissioning project, which will be undertaken in three stages. The first stage will commence in March with the remediation of an area of environmental concern close to the former main processing plant. The remaining two areas of environmental concern, one in in the vicinity of the former waste water treatment plant, the other at the former site landfill, are scheduled to commence in early 2024.

“Protecting the environment, residents and the community is of the highest priority to Roche. Complying with the conditions set out in the new Industrial Emissions (IE) Licence issued by the EPA and in the planning approval received from Clare County Council will be our guiding principles in delivering the project.

“We thank the community in Clarecastle for their ongoing support for the project and we will continue to communicate regular updates to the community as the remediation phase progresses.”

Roche’s objectives in decommissioning the 88-acre site are twofold: to deliver a site suitable for the creation of sustainable jobs into the future and to leave a positive legacy in the local community, Clare, and Ireland.


Issued on behalf of Roche Ireland by AM O’Sullivan PR Ltd.
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