From top: Irish Cement factory, Mungret, Limerick; A dust laden car over the weekend
Irish cement dust?
Tim Hourigan writes:
At the weekend there was a dust blow out from the Irish Cement factory just on the outskirts of Limerick City.
It coated cars and houses in four nearby estates in a grey, gritty, very adhesive dust similar to a larger blowout in 2015.
The company is vehemently denying that there was any incident and that they are the source of the dust.
This comes just a matter of weeks after the factory received planning permission to build storage and handling equipment to feed tyres, plastics, solvents and other wastes into the kiln (which has a history of blowouts including two very large ones in recent years).
It also comes just before the deadline for appealing that planning decision.
Limerick Against Pollution worked on a joint appeal with other groups and individuals who had originally objected to the planning. That included the residents associations of 6 nearby estates and dozens of individuals.
By the time it was submitted, there were 45 parties to the joint appeal.
Approximately 2,000 people have lodged objections with the EPA about the proposal, and just about every councillor has condemned the decision.
Clare councillors also proposed a motion to appeal it, as Limerick Council had not informed Clare Co. Co. of their intention to grant permission.
However, a last minute amendment from Fine Gael councillors in Clare County Council saw this defeated, with the councillors instead proposing an objection to the EPA.
You should also have a listen to this – https://www.live95fm.ie/on-air/shows/limerick-today/limerick-today-podcasts/march-2017/limerick-today-councillors-and-residents-have-gr/ An interesting 12 minutes for local radio :)
Consultants brought in to ‘educate’ councillors about the project were grilled by councillors, and when asked by councillor Frankie Daly, why they made no reference to the European Commission report on the Cement industry, the consultant said he wasn’t familiar with the report.
The report from 2013 contains figures showing that filter failures in Irish cement factories are more than 20 times higher than those in Germany cement factories.