Industrial Permitting

A range of industrial activities require Integrated Pollution Control licences from the EPA. Unfortunately many operators are still operating without the necessary licences.

19th November 2013

An Taisce queries legality of Bord na Móna’s bog licences - A mere nine licences for 166 bogs

An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - has written to the EPA to question the small number of licences held by Bord na Móna for its vast industrial peat operations.

Under Irish law, operators of certain large industrial processes with major polluting potential must obtain an IPC (Integrated Pollution Control) licence from the EPA. The operator must then monitor various factors, including dust, air and water emissions.

26th June 2013

An Taisce has reviewed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) submitted as part of the application for planning permission for the development of a wind farm on the Kish and Bray banks including 145 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 160m, and associated infrastructure including monopile turbine foundations, scour protection, two meteorological masts of up to 100m in height, interturbine/export cabling and offshore substation.

An Taisce have submitted a number of points regarding the proposed project under the headings:

25th March 2011

An Taisce’s chairman Charles Stanley Smith said today “We are unhappy that such a decision has been made before the judicial review process of the An Bord Pleanála granting of permission has been completed, however this decision does not affect our case.

Though there are 26 conditions in the MLVC (Marine Licence Vetting Committee) report, we have asked the Minister if these are the conditions that have been attached to this decision to grant the foreshore licence and until we examine these in detail we cannot make a full comment on the impact of this decision.

27th January 2011

Further to the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to the latest Corrib gas pipeline application , the Chair of An Taisce, Charles Stanley-Smith in commenting on the decision stated: “ An Taisce was very disappointed with An Bord Pleanála’s decision. An Taisce considers that the implications of this decision go far beyond the Corrib gas pipeline and have major repercussions for the status of implementation of European Directives in Ireland. In this instance An Taisce has concerns both in relation to Irish and European Law”

2nd May 2007

An Taisce made number of representations on the Corrib project including objection to the planning permission in 2003, representations to the Advantica Safety Review during 2005 and 2006 and objections to the proposed decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant an Integrated Pollution Prevention Control ( IPPC) licence in 2007. The grounds for our objections to this project can be summarised as follows; the pipeline design does not comply with international codes of practice

30th June 2006

Corrib Pipeline consents may be in breach of EU law

Corrib Pipeline Consents may be in Breach of EU law because the Minister failed to specify a Code of Practice.

The consents for the Corrib pipeline issued by the Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources are unique because that they do not legally oblige the Developer to comply with a pipeline code of practice and as such may be in breach of EU law.

30th November 2005

An Taisce claims Wicklow County Council is being irresponsible by proposing to place the drinking water reservoir for Blessington in the middle of an uninvestigated illegal dump site on Roadstone’s land, which is also subject to a High Court Order requiring Roadstone to reinstate an area which they have quarried without planning permission

"Bogs," writes John Feehan, "are places of enchantment. This is due in large measure to the immense natural diversity of the peatland landscape, but also to its unique atmosphere. The bogs are great, open expanses with distant horizons. You feel drawn to them as though they awakened an echo deep within us of the open savannah landscapes in which our human kind had its origins several million years ago."

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