Homeowners horrified at Greenstar gas plans
OPPOSITION RESIDENTS WILL FIGHT LANDFILL GAS UTILISATION PLANT
HOMEOWNERS overlooked by the Ballynagran Dump have reacted with disbelief at the news that Greenstar have lodged an application to construct a landfill gas utilisation plant on the site.
Greenstar Holdings Ltd. have applied for permission for a landfill gas utilisation plant generating up to 4.2 MW of electricity for input into the national grid.
The proposed development will include three separate purpose built controlled containers enclosing a landfill gas engine and three other separately built containers enclosing a transformer.
Nearby resident Michael Mulvihill will strongly oppose Greenstar’s plans.
‘Greenstar came here and put a dump beside my house. Two years ago representative sat in my sitting room and told me any smells we were getting would be a one off. Now I have three EPA letters of non-com- pliance from smells that make living here unbearable. Yet they now have the neck to try and go ahead with plans for this development. It beggars belief.’
The containers enclosing the landfill gas engine would measure 2.5m x 12.2m x 2.6m high each, and the ones enclosing the transformer 3.0m x 3.0m x 3.0m high.
Only recently an application on behalf of Greenstar to allow them collect waste from all over the country was turned down following a 2003 An Bord Pleneala ruling that two thirds of all the waste to be dumped at Ballynagran Landfill had to be generated within the county, with the remaining one-third coming from neighbouring counties.
Michael has been at loggerheads with Greenstar ever since, particularly over their inability to prevent foul odours from drifting into his property.
‘We have lived here for nearly 20 years. My home is basically worthless. No one would want to buy it now,’ claimed Michael.
The plans also include an ESB substation, a steel equipment storage container and two bunded oil tanks, as well as other ancillary works like above ground piping and earthworks.
Michael believes the three letters of non-compliance should be enough to prevent Greenstar from getting permission for the proposed development on 0.2 hectares.
‘In one way the non-compliance notices are victory for us because it proves we are telling the truth about the smells. On the other hand it just adds to the massive loss we have to take regarding the worth of our home.’
Michael Mulvihill and his son Dean in his back yard overlooking the dump.