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Friday 26 April 2019

Meeting call to 'clear the air' over Cement plans

Things have changed at Cement down the years. Now an environmental group want a public meeting to discuss the burning of waste at the facility
Things have changed at Cement down the years. Now an environmental group want a public meeting to discuss the burning of waste at the facility

The Louth/Meath Environment Group is urging Irish Cement Ltd to rethink their plans for increased waste burning at their Platin facility and to consider 'cleaner alternative technologies.'

Earlier this year, Irish Cement Limited applied to Meath County Council for permission to burn materials as fuel, including rubber tyres, medical waste and biosolids. Their plan is to use over 600,000 tonnes per annum.

The application is now with An Bord Pleanala as it was deemed a strategic infrastructural development by Meath Co Council.

'Just to be clear, there is nobody seeking within this current campaign to close anybody, This campaign is all about creating awareness of Irish Cement's current planning application,' a statement from the group explains.

They fear the 'possible cumulative effects' that burying at both Cement and Indaver could have on the wide community in the coming years.

'What we are now seeking is through the planning system, such as it is, is to have this proposed technology fully investigated and properly considered from a health and environmental perspective, by all the relevant authorities before being approved, as to whether or not this type of technology is safe to use within the creation of energy for the production of cement.

'We would like to see the company withdraw the current application and arrange open, public meetings and listen to the concerns of the local and wider community,' Pat O'Brien from the environment group added.

They want people to have their say in relation to the planning application and to contact An Bord Pleanala with their submission.

Drogheda Independent

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