The Green Party has today expressed concern at the level of information being provided by Irish Water on the proposed mitigation of environmental impacts from the Greater Dublin Drainage Project.
While acknowledging the need for a new regional wastewater treatment plant for the Greater Dublin Area, the Green Party’s candidate for Clontarf, Donna Cooney, called for more details to be provided on the environmental impact of such a treatment facility.
At an oral presentation to An Bord Pleanála today, Ms Cooney raised multiple concerns about the proposed facility, including issues around noise mitigation, odour control and light pollution.
Additionally, Ms Cooney questioned the routing of outfall pipes across Baldoyle estuary — an important biosphere and home to protected flora and fauna — and the effect that an outfall pipe near Ireland’s Eye could have on harbour porpoises and grey seals, which are entitled to protection under the Habitats Directive.
As a year-round, open sea swimmer, she also expressed concern about water quality under the EU bathing Water directive, questioning the water quality models and conclusions in the Environmental Impact Statement.
“I welcome An Bord Pleanála’s decision to hold an oral hearing as this is a major project and there is understandably huge public concern across North Dublin communities,” she stated. “We need to get this important infrastructure right, it needs to be to the highest quality possible, to protect the public and the unique environment of Dublin Bay.
“A bad odour cannot be ignored and can have a significant effect on the health and mental well-being of people. This is a major concern in the locality with over 3,500 houses and schools and hospitals in the vicinity – including a hospice for people in the last weeks and days of their life.”
“We welcome that Irish Water have agreed to our request for tertiary UV treatment to eliminate bacteria being discharged in the sea.”
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