Ce­ment hear­ing on Tues­day

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A NUM­BER of en­vi­ron­ment groups from the re­gion are ex­pected to at­tend the oral hear­ing on the pro­posed burn­ing of up to 600,000 tons of al­ter­na­tive fuel at Ir­ish Ce­ment plant at Platin.

The hear­ing, called by An Bord Pleanala, takes place next Tues­day 21st Novem­ber in City North Ho­tel, Gor­manston.

‘We as a group along with other sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­ment groups from sur­round­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing Drogheda, Dun­dalk, Etc, all af­fil­i­ated to the North East As­so­ci­a­tion En­vi­ron­men­tal Groups will be chal­leng­ing th­ese plans, seek­ing to have them re­duced, mod­i­fied, and crit­i­cally ex­am­ined both from a sci­en­tific and med­i­cal point of view, and to have com­mu­nity safe­guards and guar­an­tees put in place prior to any plan­ning / li­cense ap­pli­ca­tion ap­proval,’ a spokesman for the Duleek and Dis­trict En­vi­ron­men­tal group stated.

They say it is time for lo­cal peo­ple to air their views on the pro­pos­als.

The fu­els be­ing used in­clude tyres, meat and bone meal and other waste prod­ucts.

The en­vi­ron­ment group says it is vi­tal that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble turn out to hear the plans.

‘We need your help and sup­port dur­ing the course of this hear­ing, This is one of the most im­por­tant is­sues for our com­mu­ni­ties and its peo­ple for a long time. Re­mem­ber, what­ever de­ci­sion comes out of this hear­ing, we will have to live with it for the fore­see­able fu­ture,’ they state.

‘If you can help in any way , pro­fes­sion­ally or oth­er­wise, please con­tact us im­me­di­ately. We also re­quire some fund­ing to help with ex­penses dur­ing this hear­ing. If you would like to con­trib­ute in any way please con­tact James Levins, Chair­man, 085/2443018, An­thony Mullen Trea­surer, 087/3137877 or Pat O Brien, Sec­re­tary, 086/1662018. We have a group ac­count open in the lo­cal credit union to deal with same,’ they add.

Ir­ish Ce­ment have said they are look­ing for­ward to the hear­ing where they can out­line their plans to the com­mu­nity and ex­plain in de­tail the pro­cesses in­volved.

The Ce­ment plant

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