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

Met introducing police crèches

first_img Previous Article Next Article Met introducing police crèchesOn 11 Feb 2003 in Police, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The head of the Metropolitan police has called for a crèche at every mainpolice station in London to help staff with childcare and recruit more women. Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens told a conference for senior femaleofficers the Met had ‘taken its eye off the ball’ over female recruitment inthe drive for ethnic minority candidates. Only around 17 per cent of the Met’s officers are female. He said this wasnot good enough, and should be more like 30 per cent. To help tackle gender diversity, he announced that a new crèche would beopened for recruits at Hendon police training college within four to fivemonths. A review of the force’s flexible working policy will be published later thisyear, with the emphasis on better management of long or unsociable hours. The Met is set to launch a childcare voucher scheme in April for staffearning less than £30,000. last_img read more


first_imgEvansville Firefighters, Police Upset With Proposed Health Care PlanSEPTEMBER 26TH, 2016 CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Hundreds of people show up at Evansville city council, many against the health care changes in the 2017 proposed budget.Deductibles in the proposed budget for 2017 are set to increase by about 60 percent.One firefighter says his employer contributions right now are 13 percent, in the new budget it would jump up to around 20 percent.Dozens of firefighters and police officers echoed the same sentiment, that they simply can not afford the new health care changed proposed.Many council members agree, including Missy Mosby who said police and firefighters have opted to have little to no pay raise in the past to keep their deductibles the same.Decision on Proposed Warrick County Egg Laying Farm DelayedSEPTEMBER 26TH, 2016 MATT PEAK INDIANA A decision from the Warrick County Board of Zoning Appeals to grant Prime Foods a special use to house chickens at a new location, is delayed.The company made changes to its proposal, moving the location of some buildings, so the board cannot hear the new plan until the next meeting.The egg laying farm is looking to expand its operation north of Boonville, along Indiana 61 and Kelley road.Prime Foods already has a location on Indiana 62, but there are no birds there.The chief operating officer says 95% of the customers they serve live within 200 miles of town, but the birds are in northwest Ohio.The company wants to minimize freight costs and house the birds locally.Company representatives say the facility will not pose a health risk to the public, but residents have concerns.Residents say the facility should go somewhere else, instead of moving into a residential are, some say their only option may be to leave their dream home.The zoning board is expected to take up the issue on October 24th at 6pm.EVSC Sets Budget for 2017, Plans to Replace BusesSEPTEMBER 26TH, 2016 MATT PEAK EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation adopts the 2017 budget, at more than $250 million.Nearly $160 million of that amount will go to the general fund.$32 million is approved for capital projects, such as construction and improvements.They have also approved money to replace school buses, between 2017 and 2028.The EVSC Foundation also presented a check for $1,000 to music programs and announced more than $22,000 has been raised from scoop night and hangars.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more