EPA issues Proposed Decision on Waste to Energy Incinerator at Carranstown, Duleek, Co Meath

Date released: Jan 13 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced details of its Proposed Decision to issue a revised licence to Indaver Ireland (branch of Indaver NV) for the proposed waste incinerator at Carranstown, Duleek, Co Meath (Reg. No. W0167-02 ).  The proposed licence decision is subject to a 28-day public consultation period. 

If approved, the Proposed Decision will provide for the incineration, with energy recovery, of up to 200,000 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous waste at the facility.  This represents an increase from the 150,000 tonnes per annum maximum incineration capacity, which is currently authorised under the existing waste licence (Licence Register No. W0167-01 granted on 24th November 2005). 

Consistent with existing incinerator licences in Ireland, the Proposed Decision has stringent conditions attached for the management, operation, control and monitoring of the proposed facility.  The conditions meet the highest standards set by the EU Incineration of Waste Directive (2000/76/EC).  The EPA is satisfied that operation of the facility, in accordance with the conditions of the licence, will not endanger human health or harm the environment in the vicinity of the facility or over a wider area.

Conditions imposed include:

  • a 5-stage abatement of waste gases to protect the surrounding environment;
  • stringent management, monitoring and reporting requirements;
  • a shut down of the incineration plant in the event of a breakdown;
  • a dioxin limit in air emissions of 0.1 nanograms per cubic metre (0.0000000001 grams per cubic metre);
  • limits on heavy metals and acidifying gases in line with the Waste Incineration Directive;
  • a requirement that any municipal waste burned at the facility is restricted to material remaining after reusable and recyclable materials have, in so far as is practicable, been removed.

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement will monitor and enforce these conditions through a comprehensive and ongoing programme of environmental audits, unannounced site visits and systematic checks on emissions.  The EPA will also conduct a dioxin survey on an annual basis to monitor levels in the area adjacent to the incinerator. 

There now follows a 28-day public consultation period in which objections or requests for oral hearings can be lodged with the EPA.  All objections and submissions on objections will be carefully considered before the EPA makes a final decision. 

As this is the first step in a statutory licensing process, the EPA is not in a position to comment on the specifics of the facility for which the proposed decision has been issued.  The Proposed Decision can be accessed from the EPA web site.

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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 Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use.
  • Extra information, including modelling, may be required from the applicant during this assessment.
  • When the application is deemed complete, and has been fully assessed, the 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 the relevant statutory consultees.
  • There follows a 28-day period when any person can submit an objection, request an oral hearing and make submissions on objections made by other parties.
  • All objections and submissions on objections are considered by a Technical Committee of the Agency, or through an oral hearing process, and 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 licence with or without conditions.
  • The Agency 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.

Lodging an objection:

Information on the procedures for making an objection to the proposed determination or for making a request for an oral hearing can be accessed on the EPA website.