If we receive a complaint alleging that a public health nuisance exists we need to witness the issue and then use our professional judgement to assess if we think it is severe enough to fall within the definition of a nuisance set down in law.
If we decide that a nuisance does exist in terms of the legislation we would initially try to resolve the situation informally.
If this does not work then we do have powers to serve a legal notice requiring the person responsible for the nuisance to abate the nuisance. If they then fail to comply with the notice they could be prosecuted.
If your complaint or enquiry is about a waste carrier, transfer or disposal issue, or the pollution of a water course through surface water or ground water contamination, please contact the NIEA using the contact information on this link.