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Saturday 18 November 2017

Super dump given green light despite families' objections

A MASSIVE super dump site is to be created at Lusk, Co Dublin.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given the go-ahead for the 300,000 tonne-a-year capacity facility despite objections from concerned locals.

The centre, which will be based in the area of Tooman and Nevitt in north Dublin, is one of Fingal's most controversial developments.

The EPA has now said it is satisfied the facility will not harm human health or the environment.

However, the licence contains more than 250 individual conditions and sub-conditions relating to environmental management, operation, control and monitoring.

The dump was given planning permission by An Bord Pleanala in October of last year, but it had to secure a licence from the EPA before it could be built.

Fingal County Council had wanted a capacity of 500,000 tonnes a year until the Poolbeg incinerator was constructed, but An Bord Pleanala limited the intake of the facility to 300,000 tonnes from the beginning.

The board decided the tonnage should be reduced from the start of operations in order to avoid over-capacity and to comply with the national strategy for biodegradable waste, which seeks to divert "brown bin" waste from landfill.

Green Party TD Trevor Sargent expressed his disappointment when the facility was first given the go-ahead and raised concerns about an abundant groundwater source that had been discovered at the site.

"Because of the importance to the Fingal region of its horticultural industry, supplying over 50pc of the country's vegetables, it is vital that the standard of the groundwater supply be maintained," he said.

The decision will be a further blow to the Nevitt Lusk Action Group, who have opposed the dump since plans were first outlined.

The group warned that due to the groundwater source, the Government could risk EU fines if the development went ahead.

"The principal activity at the site will be the disposal of non-hazardous waste into lined cells," the EPA said.

"The design capacity of the landfill is 9.4m tonnes with an estimated operational lifetime of up to 30 years."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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