Deputy Andrew Doyle TD for Wicklow/East Carlow has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan of a financial scheme for people whose sceptic tanks are deemed to be requiring significant upgrading works.
This is in addition to yesterday’s announcement that the registration cost would be reduced from €50 to €5 for three months as an incentive for people to register early. The Minister has also confirmed that the approach of inspectors would be risk-based, and that not every septic tank in the country would be inspected.
“These announcements by the Minister have served to calm people’s fears regarding the inspection of septic tanks across the country. I would encourage everybody to take advantage of this reduced rate for registration fees, which will save each household with a septic tank €45 up until the 30th June 2012.”
“As a government we are obliged to implement this legislation to meet European Standards in septic tanks to avoid fines being imposed on Ireland. The financial aid scheme announced by the Minister today will be made available to those on low incomes. These changes to this scheme have succeeded in making this scheme fairer for all those affected.”
“They also serve to answer criticism of this legislation being discriminatory towards rural dwellers.”