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

Kerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Mandatory Imposition Of ‘Aargoya Setu’ On Employees

first_imgTop StoriesKerala HC Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea Challenging Mandatory Imposition Of ‘Aargoya Setu’ On Employees LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2020 12:22 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a writ petition challenging the directives issued by the Centre making the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app mandatory for public and private employees.A division bench comprising Justices Shaji P Chaly and M R Anitha posted the matter on May 12.Though the petitioner sought an interim order to restrain the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Friday sought the response of the Central Government on a writ petition challenging the directives issued by the Centre making the use of ‘Aarogya Setu’ app mandatory for public and private employees.A division bench comprising Justices Shaji P Chaly and M R Anitha posted the matter on May 12.Though the petitioner sought an interim order to restrain the authorities from taking any penal action for not downloading the contact tracing app developed by the Centre, the bench declined saying “its a matter of only four days(before next posting)”.”The authorities may have many other things to do in the meanwhile than launching prosecution for non-use of ‘Aarogya Setu'”, Justice Chaly commented.The petition filed by John Daniel, General Secretary of Thrissur District Congress Committee, contends that mandatory direction for using ‘Aarogya Setu’ violates the right to privacy and personal autonomy. On April 29, the Centre had directed that “All the officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in Central Government should download ‘Aarogyasetu’ App on their mobile phones, immediately.” Further, the lockdown guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 1 stated “Use of Arogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for all employees, both private and public. It shall be the responsibility of the Head of the respective Organisations to ensure 100% of this app among all employees”. These directions are challenged in the writ petition as violative of right to privacy and personal autonomy, as explained by the SC in the K S Puttaswamy decision. “Clause 15 of the National Directives in Exhibit P2 Order mandating the use of the application, Arogya Setu takes away the right of a person to decide and control the use of information pertaining to him. He is forced to give away data to a system which he may or may not approve of, thereby attacking his right of informational autonomy. Autonomy guaranteed by the Constitution of India also grants an individual freedom not to take part in activities he does not approve of”, stated the petition filed through Advocates Sriram Parakkat, K S Sripathi and Anupama Subramanian. The petition also referred to the recent interim order passed by the High Court in the “Sprinklr” case, where the importance of data privacy and data security was highlighted by the Court. The petitioner raised concerns over the data security features of the app, and voiced the apprehension that it could be used a tool for state surveillance. The petitioner stated that the use of penal law to enforce use of the app is arbitrary and unconstitutional. “Section 58 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 imposes penal action upon employers of enterprises if their employees do not comply with the directive of usage of Arogya Setu. This is arbitrary to the extend that no penal action can be imposed to anyone having no mens Rea. An employer who has only a work relationship with an employee cannot compel the employee to install a mobile application and use it diligently and to provide his personal information to the domain”, the plea read.   Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more