Monday 9 January 2012

Not in my backyard: James Reilly opposes super sewage plant

A GOVERNMENT minister has voiced his opposition to a super sewage plant proposed for his constituency.

Health Minister James Reilly fears a systems failure could result in large amounts of raw waste being pumped into the Irish Sea, impacting on shellfish beds, the environment and thousands of people living in Fingal.

Dr Reilly also warned any sewage should be treated to advanced levels to make waste water as clean as possible for discharge or recycling.

"Whatever solution emerges, it is my opinion that tertiary treatment should be included, in order to treat the waste to a higher level and produce water that might be suitable for certain purposes," he wrote to constituents.

Nine possible sites across Fingal have been earmarked for a plant to treat sewage from across Dublin and parts of Kildare and Meath.

A preferred site is due to be selected by Greater Dublin Drainage and Fingal County Council before the end of the year. The outfall pipe will be off the east coast between Rush and Portmarnock.

Dr Reilly maintained each of the nine sites were unsuitable for a super plant, particularly in Ballyboughal and the towns of Rush and Lusk.

Read the article @ The Irish Independent

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