Home­own­ers hor­ri­fied at Green­star gas plans

OP­PO­SI­TION RES­I­DENTS WILL FIGHT LAND­FILL GAS UTIL­I­SA­TION PLANT

Bray People - - Schools Report - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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