The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has once again refused to commit to a grant scheme for septic tank owners whose tanks are in need of upgrade or replacement under the Minister’s controversial bill.
Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Niall Collins said the Minister’s appearance before the Oireachtas Environment Committee today failed to provide any comfort for septic tank owners who will face excessive costs under his legislation.
“Once again Minister Hogan is refusing to be honest and upfront with septic tank owners,” said Deputy Collins.  “He dodged repeated questions at the Environment Committee about whether or not septic tank owners who are forced to carry out expensive upgrades will be given any support from the State.  He also refused to outline the procedures for inspection, so homeowners remain in the dark about how and when inspections will take place.
“In addition to this, septic tank owners could face excessive costs for regular desludging.  In order to meet Minister Hogan’s requirement for tanks to be desludged ‘at regular intervals’, homeowners in remote areas in particular could be hit with big bills for getting someone to travel to their home to carry out the work. I am calling on the Minister to put price controls in place to ensure the costs are reasonable for all septic tank owners in all parts of the country.”