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'Thumbs down' from Irish Senator on proposed landfill facility

A member of the Irish Labour Party has expressed amazement at the proposed decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant a licence to Fingal County Council to develop an engineered landfill facility at County Dublin. The proposal provides for the development of an engineered landfill with a maximum annual intake of 500,000 tonnes of non-hazardous residual waste and an associated public recycling facility. Labour Party Senator Brendan Ryan said: A few months back I made a submission to the EPA about the granting of a licence for the superdump where I objected to the application on the grounds of water contamination risk. To put such a significant aquifier at risk is at the very least irresponsible. There is a very real risk of contamination and it is unacceptable that the EPA does not seem to think so. The EPA said it was satisfied that emissions from the landfill, when operated in accordance with the conditions of the proposed licence, will not adversely affect human health or the environment and meet with EU standards. The EPA refused to comment further on the proposed decision until the objection period ends on October 17th 2007. Ryan added: In my submission to the EPA I raised concerns about the risk to a number of agricultural businesses in the vicinity of the proposed landfill site due to possible water contamination. The aquifier lies partially under the proposed site which leads to a serious threat of water contamination. Image: Senator Brendan Ryan

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