Irish Cement is planning to invest €10m to change process at its factory in Mungret
THE main opposition group to Irish Cement’s controversial plans for Mungret has said the firm should abandon its current licence application in favour of a new one.
As revealed by the Limerick Leader, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested significant further information from the firm over its proposals to switch away from fossil fuels in favour of used tyres and solid recovered waste.
The regulator says the data the company has provided “does not adequately identify, describe and assess the direct and indirect effects of the proposed development on the environment.”
Getting the green light from the EPA is the final hurdle Irish Cement needs to clear before it can proceed with its €10m plan near the village.
But in a statement, Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) has told Irish Cement to go back to the drawing board.
“Once again, it’s clear that Irish Cement is not providing relevant answers to the questions put to them by the EPA. Further information was already sought by the EPA on foot of the [first] report and the response from Irish Cement was not adequate,” said group spokesperson Claire Keating.
She urged the EPA to reject Irish Cement’s application to alter their license application and have the firm submit a new license request.
Irish Cement’s proposals have proven deeply unpopular in the community, with many residents fearful that the impact the incineration of tyres and waste will have on the local environment.
Irish Cement for its part has always maintained that because the burning is taking place at such an extreme temperature, the impact on the environment is negligible.
A spokesperson for Irish Cement said they will not be commenting on the request for further information from the EPA.