Protest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to…

first_imgLimerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Minister asked to review need for more incinerators in Limerick Print Facebook Twitter NewsEnvironmentProtest planned in Limerick after Irish Cement given green light to burn alternative fuelsBy David Raleigh – September 20, 2019 1043 WhatsApp Linkedin Email Opponents of Irish Cement’s incinerator plan taking part in a protest march in 2018 in Limerick.Photo: Cian ReinhardtA protest march is to take place in Limerick next month after controversial plans by Irish Cement Limited to burn alternative fuels, including used tyres, were given the green light by the EPA, subject to conditions and appeal process.There was a widespread shock this Thursday when residents, politicians, and groups opposed to the company’s licence application, received confirmation that the Environmental Protection Agency were allowing the €10m project proceed, subject to a 28-day appeal process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Claire Keating, a local resident, and spokeswoman with Limerick Against Pollution (LAP),  said she was “shocked” and “extremely disappointed” the decision.Ms Keating said “4,400 objections” were lodged against the plans.“We will be pursuing lots of avenues to stop this. We definitely will be launching an appeal, and we plan on requesting an oral hearing. We are also seeking legal advice, and we have been onto MEPS in Europe too.”“A protest march is planned to take place at City Hall (Limerick) on the 5th of October. We are not going to give up,” Ms Keating explained.The deadline for objections to be submitted against Irish Cement’s proposal is October 15th.Fianna Fáil Councillor James Collins, said it was a “hugely disappointing decision” which he claimed “will damage public health and Limerick’s reputation as a clean, green city”.Cllr Collins said the area where waste will be burned is “adjacent to a public park, four schools”.The EPA’s “Proposed Determination” on Irish Cement’s application “provides for the acceptance of non-hazardous waste materials to be used as alternative fuels and raw materials, up to a maximum of 90,000 tonnes per annum”.The EPA said there were “more than 100 individual conditions relating to the environmental management, operation, control and monitoring of the installation”.It added it was “satisfied that the emissions from the installation when operated in accordance with the conditions of the proposed licence will meet all required environmental protection standards and will not endanger human health or harm the environment in the vicinity of the installation or over a wider area”.Sinn Fein TD, Maurice Quinlivan said he was “appalled”, and added, “this is a toxic decision by the Environmental Protection Agency”.Welcoming the EPA’s decision, a spokesman for Irish Cement the company “will study the details of the proposed licence before making any further comment”.The EPA’s decision follows a decision in April 2018, by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the replacement of fossil fuels at Irish Cement’s production plants in Limerick and at Platin, Co Meath, which were both opposed by environmental groups.Limerick City and County Council had initially granted the company permission to go ahead with its plans.Last December Irish Cement pleaded guilty before Limerick District Court in a Prosecutions brought by the EPA, to breaching the terms of its industrial emissions licence at its Limerick plant and received a €4,000 fine.The court heard a thick “glue-like” dust leaked from its production plant, causing damage to nearby homes, cars and gardens.At the time, Irish Cement had three previous convictions for similar breaches of its industrial licence, including two in July, 2018 and one in 2007.center_img Previous articleNew music from Paddy MulcahyNext articleLeon’s Lifeline getting set for Fundraising Demo with Rachel Allen David Raleigh Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSEnvironmentIrish CementLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February March 23, 2021 2,014 Views Black Knight Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies 2021-03-23 Eric C. Peck Previous: Best Metros for Renters Looking to Buy a House Next: Closing the C-Suite Gender Gap Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save After eight consecutive months of improvement, Black Knight has found that the national mortgage delinquency rate rose slightly in February from 5.85% to 6.0%. As Black Knight noted, the rise in delinquency rate was largely calendar-related, as February is both a short month and ended on a Sunday—cutting the days on which payments can be processed.Month-over-month, the delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) rose 2.61%, with a year-over-year change of 83.03%. Total foreclosure starts nationwide came in at 3,900 U.S. homes, down 33.90% from January 2021’s totals, and down 87.93% year-over-year from last February.Regionally, the top five states in terms of delinquencies included:Mississippi: 10.79%Louisiana: 10.29%Hawaii: 8.87%Oklahoma: 8.35%Maryland: 8.01%Meanwhile, the five states in terms of lowest delinquencies included:Oregon: 4.16%Utah: 4.05%Washington: 3.85%Colorado: 3.83%Idaho: 3.29%The number of properties that were 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure in February stood at 3,186,000, a month-over-month rise of approximately 56,000 from January, and a year-over-year spike of 1,449,000.Both foreclosure starts and active foreclosure inventory again hit new record lows, as recently extended foreclosure moratoriums continue to suppress activity. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) extended several measures that the agency says will align COVID-19 mortgage relief policies across the federal government. The measures taken by the FHFA seek to keep more Americans in their homes, extending temporary measures (previously set to expire March 31) until the end of June.And while delinquencies are trending slightly upward, forbearance activity dropped below 2.6 million for the first time since last April, according to Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker.Nationwide, the number of properties that were 90 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure dropped to 2,075,000, down month-over-month by 15,000 from January, but up year-over-year from last February’s total of 1,666,000.Click here for more information on Black Knight’s February 2021 mortgage delinquency data. Tagged with: Black Knight Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February Subscribe About Author: Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Jon Cleary Is Giving Away A Free Track From His New Album “Live At Chickie Wah Wah”

first_imgIf you like Jon Cleary, don’t miss him with Nigel Hall, Tony Hall, Derwin “Big D” Perkins, and Raymond Weber when they come together as “MVP” at NOLA Crawfish Festival. They’ll play alongside artists such as George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Ivan Neville, John Medeski, John “Papa” Gros, Terence Higgins, and more! You can learn more about this year’s NOLA Crawfish Festival or buy tickets at the event’s website. Modern New Orleans musical mainstay Jon Cleary is one of the most accomplished pianists in funk and R&B. After performing with artists such as B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt earlier in his career, Cleary has built a strong following in recent years, both with his solo band The Absolute Monster Gentlemen and in projects with legendary artists such as Taj Mahal and John Scofield. However, anyone who frequents the Big Easy can attest that some of Cleary’s finest moments come during his hometown solo piano sets, which he performs frequently when he’s not on the road.Recently, Jon stopped by New Orleans venue Chickie Wah Wah and recorded his first-ever live album, which will be released later this month during Jazz Fest. The album, appropriately titled Live At Chickie Wah Wah, is a showcase of Cleary’s singular talents as a solo artist and his ability to fully captivate a room with only his voice, a piano, and his pure passion for music.While the album doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, Cleary has made one song, “Po’ Boy Blues,” available on his website as a free download so his fans can get a taste of the live LP today. Don’t miss out on this chance to get this free track, and look out for more content from Live At Chickie Wah Wah as we get closer to its release!last_img read more

Well water safety

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Frank Hancock was called to the house of a mother with two children sickened by E. coli bacteria, he discovered that the water from their well was the source. He found other wells in the county with problems, too. “I don’t think our experience is different than any other county,” said Hancock, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Henry County. “People are not maintaining their wells. They don’t think about where their water is coming from.”Most people don’t know that they must maintain their wells, he said. “If the county water supply has a problem, there are probably 100 people working on it,” he said. “If your well has a problem and you aren’t working on it, no one is.” To get the word out in his county, Hancock organized a well water maintenance seminar.“We wanted to let people know the risks of not taking care of their well,” he said, “and tell them, ‘this is your responsibility.’” “You will find low levels of bacteria in most wells,” said Parshall Bush, a residue chemist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There are different levels of contamination.”Since 2003, 10 percent of bored wells tested at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratory contain E. coli. More than half failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency municipal drinking water standards. One out of three showed bacteria levels high enough to cause illness. Most water samples sent to the lab come from north Georgia.Drilled wells, typically deeper than 100 feet, are less likely to be contaminated by bacteria. Wells less than 60 feet deep are more likely than deeper wells to be contaminated. Soil above the water table doesn’t filter enough bacteria from shallow groundwater. If a septic system is too close to the well or not working properly, Bush said, it can be the bacteria source.“Contamination can occur if the well was improperly constructed or if the well is located in a depression that collects surface runoff,” Bush said. The UGA well-cam was used to checkout problem wells in Henry County.“We saw cracks in well liners, tree roots so numerous in wells that the camera couldn’t pass by, wells with spider webs down to the 14-foot level,” Hancock said. “We also saw well houses totally contaminated with gas, pesticides, fertilizer and rats.” Nitrate, lead and copper are the primary contaminates found in Georgia well water, said Bush. “Nitrate contamination is the result of fertilizer application or animal operations and copper and lead can be attributed to corrosive pipes.” All pesticides and herbicides should be kept away from wells and other sources of drinking water, he said. “We always say, ‘If you don’t want to drink it, keep it away from the well,’” Bush said.Abandoned wells should be filled in.Well testing can be done through local UGA Extension offices. A bacterial test is available for $35. An expanded water test, which tests for minerals, soluble salts and alkalinity, is $45. Call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for more information.Once a water sample is tested, the well owner will get a report showing results that are above EPA’s primary and secondary maximum levels. If a water sample tests positive for bacteria, a chlorination treatment is recommended.(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Dominica holds simulation exercise on Foot and Mouth Disease

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions Dr. Reginald ThomasThe Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other partners around the region conducted a simulation exercise in Dominica on Thursday.That exercise was conducted with a view to testing the islands ability to deal with an outbreak of any infectious or contagious disease at a foot and mouth disease summit.Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Reginald Thomas explained the devastation which the disease could cause worldwide.“The disease cause tremendous losses in cattle and livestock population worldwide. The Caribbean region has not had an outbreak of that disease and we are planning to prevent the entry. If it does happen, we would be ready to deal with that”.He said Dominica has brought local players on board, including the various ministries and departments of support industries.Thomas also noted that this is not to say that the disease is in close proximity to Dominica hence the public should not be alarmed.“We want farmers to know that they should not be alarmed. This is just planning. The public should know that the disease is not on the island. We are just preparing,” he added.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica holds simulation exercise on Foot and Mouth Disease by: – March 22, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more