EPA Oral Hearing- Proposed Decision on Poolbeg Waste Incinerator

Date released: Apr 11 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin an oral hearing in Dublin next Monday 14th April 2008.  The oral hearing has been convened by the EPA to listen to objections and concerns about its Proposed Decision to licence Dublin City Council to operate a non hazardous waste incinerator at Pigeon House Road, Poolbeg Peninsula, Dublin 4 in the Anna Livia Ballroom, Gresham Hotel,
O’ Connell Street, Dublin at 10am.

If approved, the Proposed Decision provides for the operation of an incinerator with a maximum annual intake of 600,000 tonnes of residual non-hazardous waste.

Anyone who lodged a valid objection has an automatic right to attend and to participate fully at the hearing.  14 valid objections were made to the proposed decision, including one from the applicant. The hearing is open to the public.  Following the Oral Hearing, a report and recommendation will be submitted to the EPA Board and a final decision on whether or not to grant a licence will be made.

As the statutory licensing process is a quasi judicial function, the EPA is therefore not in a position to comment on the specifics of the licence application or its consideration by the EPA.

View information on the Proposed Decision for the Poolbeg facility . 

Note to Editors:

How the licensing process works:

  • Given the complexity and scale of some waste activities, the EPA provides pre-application clarification and consultation so that applications are as complete as possible.
  • Once received, the application is rigorously assessed by a team of experts from the EPA’s Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use.
  • Extra information may be required from the applicant during this assessment.
  • When the application is deemed complete, and has been fully assessed, the EPA’s Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use makes a recommendation on the application to the Board of Directors of the EPA.
  • The Board assesses the recommendation, together with the application and all submissions, before making a decision.
  • The Board’s decision, in the form of a Proposed Decision (PD), is notified to the applicant, all third parties who made a submission on the application and other statutory consultees as well as being published on the EPA website.
  • There follows a 28-day period when any person can submit an objection and request an oral hearing.  The objectors can also make submissions on other objections.
  • All objections and submissions on objections are considered by a Technical Committee of the EPA, or through an oral hearing process.
  • Any person who lodged a valid objection, as well as the applicant, and the local authority (where relevant) has an automatic right to attend and participate fully at a hearing.  All hearings are open to the public.  Members of the public can participate in the proceedings where they have lodged a valid objection or with the express approval of the Chairperson. 
  • On completion of an oral hearing, the Chairperson will submit a report of the hearing to the EPA.  In this report, the Chairperson must make a recommendation to grant or refuse a licence.  Where the recommendation is to grant a licence, the Chairperson must outline the recommended conditions to be attached to the licence.
  • The recommendations arising, together with the objections and submissions, are considered by the Board of Directors before making a final decision to either refuse a licence or to grant a licence with or without conditions.
  • The EPA is debarred in law from granting a waste licence unless it is satisfied that the activity concerned, carried out in accordance with such conditions as may be attached to a licence, will not cause environmental pollution.

Chronology of application
Applicant                                   Dublin City Council
Address of facility                      Pigeon House Road, Poolbeg Peninsula,
                                                 Dublin 4
Application received                  10th July, 2006
Submissions                               A total of 18 valid submissions were received from third parties.
Proposed decision issued           21stNovember 2007
Closing date for objections         18th December 2007
Objections received                   14 valid objections
Oral hearing Start date               14th April 2008 at 10.00am –
                                                 Anna Livia Ballroom, Gresham Hotel, O’ Connell St., Dublin.