FORMER Fine Gael councillor Jim Long is among those raising concerns over Aughinish Alumina’s application to Limerick City and County Council for a ten-year permission to rock blast a borrow pit at their plant in West Limerick.
“This site is very near to the existing red mud ponds holding over 40 million tons of waste bauxite at present. It has being contended for years, and confirmed by reports commissioned last year, that high levels of contaminated material are in this waste material,” Mr Long told the Limerick Post this week.
“This application will have a life-long detrimental impact on fauna, wildlife, sealife, birds, and the natural environment. All this in the shadow of the majestic River Shannon,” he claimed.
Mr Long, who joins groups such as Limerick Against Pollution and the Cappagh Farmers Support Group in objecting to the proposal, believes that there is no room for error.
“Our planners must get this decision right as some decisions have proven controversial and contentious within our communities. We seek full transparency and openness where concerns are flagged in advance of decision.
“There are a number of objections to the application, with fears over the potential impact it could have on the surrounding area. Let’s hope fairness and common sense prevails this time,” he concluded.
by Alan Jacques