Council scrutiny of Irish Cement plans welcomed

A LOCAL group opposed to Irish Cement’s plan to switch from fossil fuels to burning waste including old tyres and plastic has welcomed Limerick City and County Council’s decision to seek further information from the company on its €10 million project at the Castlemungret site.

Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) told the Limerick Post they were happy that the local authority was scrutinising the proposal which has caused concern to many people across the city and county. 

Following a large number of submissions to the council last summer, Irish Cement was given six months to respond to concerns raised by individuals, residents associations, and school committees. 

In November, Irish Cement submitted documents to the council as a response to the questions raised. 

LAP made its own response to Irish Cement’s submissions pointing to what it described as a lack of proper monitoring of noise and emissions, as well as flat out refusal to acknowledge certain risks involved with the proposal. 

The council has now sought more information from Irish Cement, giving them three months to respond.

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by Alan Jacques

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