Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

IR­ISH Ce­ment has wel­comed the de­ci­sion by An Bord Pleanála to grant per­mis­sion for the fur­ther re­place­ment of im­ported fos­sil fu­els at the Platin ce­ment fac­tory.

Speak­ing af­ter the de­ci­sion, David O’Brien, fac­tory man­ager in Platin said: “This pos­i­tive de­ci­sion on our plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion paves the way for fur­ther re­duc­tions in fos­sil fuel use. We have made great progress in Platin since 2011 when we first in­tro­duced al­ter­na­tive fu­els to re­place fos­sil fu­els in our ce­ment kiln. Last year we avoided the im­por­ta­tion of over 53,000 tonnes of fos­sil fu­els and re­duced our CO2 emis­sions by over 64,000 tonnes. This de­vel­op­ment will help re­cover valu­able re­sources, make the fac­tory more com­pet­i­tive and sup­port ex­ist­ing and fu­ture em­ploy­ment.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion made to An Bord Pleanála in early 2017 al­lows for an in­crease in the quan­tity and range of al­ter­na­tive fu­els that can be used in Platin.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was the sub­ject of a two-day oral hear­ing last Novem­ber at City North.

Ir­ish Ce­ment plans to burn up to 600,000 tons of mixed waste as an al­ter­na­tive fuel at their plant.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Paddy Meade, who spoke at last year’s oral hear­ing, said it was a ‘bad day for Duleek’ and would see in­creased traf­fic on the roads around the area.

‘It now means that the by­pass of Duleek must be fast tracked and we need it in train within five years. You can­not sit out and en­joy life in Duleek with the vol­ume of trucks mov­ing through it and it will only get worse now. My fear is that Meath is be­com­ing a burn­ing ground for waste.’

He said plan­ning fees amount to €200,000 and he wanted it to be €2m and in­vested in a by­pass project for Duleek.

The North East As­so­ci­a­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Groups wanted to re­duce the ton­nage, re­duce the 10-year li­cense pe­riod, take out many of the toxic haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als, and in­clude a lo­cal EPA Re­gional Of­fice in North East Area.

The Ce­ment plant in Platin

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