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Sinn Féin voices objection to biosolid unit in Greenogue- Ó Broin

19 June, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has contacted Irish Water outlining Sinn Féin’s objection to proposals to locate a bio solid storage unit in Greenogue.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“I made a submission to Irish Water last week strongly objecting to plans for a regional biosolids storage facility for Greater Dublin in Greenogue Business Park, Co Dublin.

“This site is entirely unsuitable for such a project. Irish Water clearly did not take into account a number of important criteria when drawing up its shortlist of locations for such a facility.

“The proposed site is located too close to the villages of Rathcoole and Newcastle. This is a large residential area and the residents and local businesses there would be negatively impacted by the odour coming from such a facility.

“The submission outlines a number of other issues with the site. These include planning issues, the risk to the environment and the potential impact of such a facility on local food processing plants.

“I called on Irish Water to review the criteria used in the selection of the five shortlisted sites and to produce a new shortlist based on the legitimate concerns Sinn Féin has raised about the viability of locating such a facility in Greenogue.”

Note: Please see below for full submission.

A chara,

I am mailing to object to the location of the Regional Biosolids Storage Facility for Greater Dublin in Greenogue Business Park, Co Dublin.

I accept the need for such a facility in the Greater Dublin region. However I am concerned that the criteria used to select the five potential sites excluded a number of key factors including:

i - proximity to large residential areas
ii - proximity to retail businesses
iii - proximity to food processing and related industries
iiii - proximity to water courses and/or areas designated flood risk

I feel if these additional criteria were used in selecting appropriate sites a number of the current proposals including Greenogue Business Park would not  have been shortlisted.

With respect to my specific objection to the Greenogue proposal I would like to make the following observations.

1. The site is located close to Rathcoole Village, a large residential area, which would be negatively affected by the odour arising from the plant.

2. The site is close to a stream that runs in a northeast-southwest direction. This raises potential environmental and water safety concerns in the event of spillage or accident in the storage of the biosolids.

3. The location has been identified in the CFRAM mapping exercise as including a flood risk in a narrow corridor through the site. Even with flood mitigation measures such as attenuation poisons etc this poses an additional risk to the viability of the plant and a pollution risk in the event of spillage or accident.

4. The surrounding businesses include retail and food processing which would be particularly affected by odour emitted from the plant, particularly when the biosolids are being delivered and removed.

5. The close proximity of Baldonnell military airport would create significant planning issues and the required mitigation measures which would add to the overall cost of the site.

Sinn Féin believes that Irish Water should review the criteria used in the selection of the five shortlisted sites with a view to including the issues outlined in i - iiii above and to produce a new shortlist based on these revised criteria.

Is mise,

Eoin Ó Broin TD

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