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Saturday 7 December 2019

Incinerator back on track as land secured

Treacy Hogan Environment Correspondent

DUBLIN City Council has outfoxed Environment Minister John Gormley by securing land for the Poolbeg incinerator.

An Bord Pleanala approved permission for the compulsory purchase of land needed to provide access to the foreshore for a cooling facility.

It means the council will not need a foreshore licence.

Their application for the licence remains undecided by the minister who objects to the incinerator.

However, it is expected that resumption of work on the €350m waste-to-energy plant at Ringsend will not take place until the New Year at the earliest, as a time period is allowed for objections to the granting of a compulsory purchase order.

Dublin city council and Covanta, the developers, did not comment on the decision yesterday.

Work on the incinerator is set to generate more than 600 jobs, with a further 100 employed at the plant when it is operational.

The council has said the project was the the final piece of infrastructure needed for the Dublin region to achieve its aim of maximum recycling and minimum waste going to landfill.

It had full planning permission from An Bord Pleanala, as well as a waste licence from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr Gormley, in whose constituency it will be built, has consistently opposed the project, claiming it is too big for the amount of waste expected to be generated in the Dublin region. This claim is disputed by the council and by Covanta.

Irish Independent

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