Remedial Environmental Impact Assessment Report (Bord na Móna Peat Extraction)

Substitute Consent Application – 29 May 2020

Bord na Móna application to An Bord Pleanála for Substitute Consent under Section 177E (Application for Substitute Consent) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (PDA 2000), as amended and under Part 19 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 (as amended).

Substitute Consent is effectively a form of retrospective consent and is being applied for with the aim of regularising the planning status of historic peat extraction carried out by Bord na Móna on 41 individual bog units.

Bord na Móna’s peat extraction activities on the 41 individual bog units assessed for this report have been regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2000 under the Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) licencing regime, under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992.

This application is for the bogs that are intended to be used by Bord na Móna in the future for peat production in line with our reduction in the extraction of peat from 6.5m tonnes in 2013 to 1.7m tonnes in 2019.

The bog units have supplied milled peat to West Offaly Power Station, Lough Ree Power Station, Edenderry Power Station, Derrinlough Briquette Factory and the now closed Littleton Briquette Factory. Milled peat and sod moss have also been supplied to the horticultural market.

Note from Report:

Data on quantities and uses of harvested peat was not available for each bog unit for the period 1985 – 1991 and was limited for the period 1992 to 2001 where horticultural peat was not included and limited for the period 1992 to 2012 where off-site usage destinations were not available.

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