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.

13th November 2019

An Taisce calls on the Government to scrap the proposed amendments to the planning legislation being pushed by the Minister for Housing in the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 [1]. These amendments would drastically reduce the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs to legally challenge any bad planning decision with environmental implications.

23rd October 2019

The government has until tomorrow (Weds 23rd October) to remove the Shannon liquid natural gas (LNG) project from the list of EU Projects of Common Interest(1). Green-lighting this LNG project would be a profoundly retrograde step and would be totally at odds with both our climate targets and Ireland’s existing national ban on fracking, according to An Taisce.

12th July 2019

An Tasice has made a submission to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment notice of intent By Minister Richard Bruton TD to grant a mineral prospecting licence to MOAG Copper Gold Resources Inc, Toronto, Canada in west Connemara.1

An Taisce Submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence for mineral exploration

An Taisce submission on notice of intent to grant a prospecting licence to MOAG Copper Gold Resources Inc, 1 Burkebrook Place, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario M4G 0A2 to explore for minerals in townlands in Ballynahinch Barony including Boolagare, Callow, Dolan, Doohulla, Emlaghmore, Errisbeg West, Murvey and Tullaghlumman Beg, by Richard Bruton TD Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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”


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