Saturday 24 November 2007

Approvals bring project closer

Now that both An Bord Pleanala and the Environmental Protection Agency have given their blessing to the Poolbeg incinerator the actual construction of the project draws closer.

However, the EPA has issued only a draft licence. The public have 28 days in which to object or make observations.

The EPA may then deem it necessary to have another public hearing, which would delay the project.

Because the incinerator will be generating power for up to 100,000 homes, the council will have to apply to the Commission for Energy Regulation, but this should not take long.

Barring any successful court challenges, it is expected that construction work will start towards the end of 2008 or early 2009.

The incinerator should be running two years later.

Irish Independent

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