Case reference: PL27.306903
306903: Bollarney , Murrough , Wicklow, Co. Wicklow (191345)
Wicklow County Council
Waste management facility and recycling center, office building , car parking, wastewater treatment system, demolition of derelict building, construction of boundary walls, railings and entrance gates.
Grant permission with conditions
- Sur Le Mer LTD (Applicant)
- Sur Le Mer LTD (1st Party Appellant) (Active)
Link to Wicklow CoCo planning refusal
As at April 22
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A scheme which will see farm hazardous waste collected from designated drop-off points nationwide is expected to be operational by 2024, should the timeframe set out in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Hazardous Waste Management Plan for 2021-2027 be followed.
he scheme will see the collection of potentially hazardous materials, such as empty pesticide containers, veterinary medicine waste and used oil, from centres scattered throughout the country.
The EPA’s waste management plan estimated that there is in the region of 7,378t of hazardous wastes, excluding used batteries and electronic goods, currently stockpiled on farms.
For a Planning Application by Aughinish Alumina Limited for development at existing alumina facility
Note: this is a large (749 page) EIA report
The proposed development comprises of:
- An expansion of the Bauxite Residue Disposal Area (BRDA) to increase its disposal capacity in order to accommodate additional bauxite residue resulting in a proposed increase in height of c.12m (to c. 44m OD) above the currently permitted levels. No increase to the existing footprint of the BRDA is proposed.
- An extension to the existing Salt Cake Disposal Cell (SCDC) to accommodate further disposal of salt cake resulting in an increase in height of the cell by c.2.25m. The SCDC is located within the BRDA area.
- An extension of the permitted borrow pit2, located to the east of the BRDA, is also proposed. This extension proposes to increase the footprint of the borrow pit from c.4.5ha to c.8.4ha. This extension will provide an additional 380,000m3 of rock fill material which is needed to satisfy the requirements of the construction and operation of the BRDA.
- The continued use of an existing stockpile area at the south east of the subject site to store topsoil in order to satisfy the additional restoration requirements of the extended BRDA.
- Upgrades to the existing water management infrastructure to accommodate the BRDA development to Stage 16 which will also allow for greater Inflow Design Flood (IDF) capacity for the entirety of the BRDA.
Raise of the Bauxite Residue Disposal Area (BRDA)
The currently permitted BRDA (planning ref. Limerick County Council Reg. Ref. 05/1836; ABP Ref. PL13.217976) has capacity to provide a disposal area for bauxite residue until c.2030, for the current rate of alumina production (1.95 million tonnes per annum).
The proposed increase in disposal capacity to the BRDA will result in a height increase of c.12m above the currently permitted stage 10 level (c. 32m OD) to a final stage 16 level (c. 44m OD).
This additional disposal capacity will extend the lifetime of the currently permitted BRDA from c.2030 to c.2039 – an extension of approximately 9 no. years.
No increase to the existing footprint of the BRDA is proposed.
The existing BRDA can facilitate an increase in height to Stage 16 (currently permitted to Stage 10), which would provide a perimeter elevation of 36mOD and a maximum dome crown elevation of 44m OD.
The proposed development will provide for the deposition of circa 0.9 million m3 / year of bauxite residue and total of circa 8.0 million m3 over the lifetime of the development.
The proposed method of raising the BRDA from Stage 10 to Stage 16 is the upstream method (identified by the European Commission as the ‘Best Available Technique’1), consistent with the construction methodology for the current BRDA and involves the construction of rock fill embankments (Stages), offset internally and founded on the previously deposited and farmed bauxite residue, in 2m high vertical lifts.
The overall stack is raised systematically as the Stages are filled with bauxite residue, farmed, carbonated and compacted, prior to deposition of the next layer.
Raise of Saltcake Disposal Cell (SCDC)
The proposed development comprises the vertical extension of the existing SCDC to a crest height of c. 31.25m OD, which will have a maximum overall height of c. 35.50mOD when capped at cell closure.
The extension of the SCDC will accommodate disposal for an additional c. 22,500 m³ of salt cake in total. No increase to the existing footprint of the saltcake cell is proposed.
The construction of the SCDC extension will be undertaken in one step as opposed to the staged BRDA construction. Approximately 27,000m3 of processed rock fill material will be required to construct the perimeter wall of the SCDC raise. It is proposed that this rock material will be sourced from AAL’s borrow pit (see also Section 3). The composite lining, which will be placed inside the raised SCDC will comprise 4,500m2 of a mixture of geosynthetic materials.
No change in emissions or emission limit values are proposed associated with the raise of the saltcake cell.
In parallel, AAL have developed a process modification to avoid the generation of saltcake as a waste stream.
Extension of Rock Extraction Area
An existing permitted borrow pit was granted planning permission from An Bord Pleanala (ABP Ref. 301011-18) and was the subject of an Industrial Emissions Licence review for which Licence P0035-07 was issued in September 2021. This permitted borrow pit has an extraction area of circa 4.5 hectares to extract 374,000 m3 of rock over a 10 year period. This will provide sufficient rock for the lifetime of the permitted BRDA. This rock is required for construction of embankment walls at the Licenced BRDA facility.
The proposed development will increase the extraction area of the borrow pit, increasing the footprint of the borrow pit from c.4.5ha to c.8.4ha. This extension will provide an additional 385,000m3 of rock fill material, which is needed to satisfy the requirements of the construction and operation of the proposed raised BRDA.
As per the existing permitted borrow pit, the extraction area is sought up to a maximum depth of 8.5m O.D., at which depth there is no interaction with groundwater.
The proposed development seeks to extract rock from within the confines of the AAL landholding (and licence site boundary) to reduce the dependence of the construction of the BRDA on rock sourced from commercial quarries in the local area.
Bottom ash is fallout from the grate of mass-burn waste incinerators. Large quantities are produced and this residue has negative value.
The makeup of Irish hazardous waste generated changed in 2020. In 2019, incinerator bottom ash (from Dublin Waste to Energy facility) was the largest component, whereas in 2020 dredging spoil became the largest component, having increased from just over 10,500 tonnes in 2019 to over 90,000 tonnes in 2020.
Testing of incinerator bottom ash in 2020 led to its re-classification from hazardous to non-hazardous waste, this reduced Ireland’s overall hazardous waste generation.
Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations, 2007, Amended by the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration)(Amendment) Regulations, 2008
Request under Article 11 of the Regulations to the Environmental Protection Agency for determination as to whether an activity requires a waste licence, waste facility permit, certificate of registration or none of these
Note from EPA: You must have following information to-hand before completing the Article 11 Request form.
- Contact email address.
- Grid Reference (Eastings & Northings).
- Site map, showing outline of site of proposed activity.
- The Authorisation or Registration Number if you have existing authorisation i.e. Waste/IPPC Licence, Waste Permit, Certificate of Registration.
- The Reference Number if you have submitted a previous Article 11 request.
- Description of Waste, including:
- Solid or Liquid
- European Waste Catalogue (EWC) Code
- Annual intake in tonnes
- Annual intake in litres
- Source of Waste
- The amount, in tonnes and litres, of ‘residual waste’ remaining after recovery that is to be sent on for disposal.
- Whether ‘biological treatment’ is involved in the proposed activity.
- For biological treatment processes, the quantity of biowaste, digestate and compost, as relevant, in tonnes and cubic metres that will be present at the facility at any one time.
- For land deposition/reclamation/restoration activities, the amount of waste (in tonnes) to be deposited over the operational lifetime of the activity.
- Information related to Planning – planning reference number or evidence of exemption.
- Information on Designated Sites, where applicable (e.g. Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas, Ramsar sites, Natural Heritage Areas). Information should include:
- Site Name
- Site Code
- Confirmation as to whether or not the site of the proposed activity is in, or next to, a wetland.
Local Authority- Do I need a Waste Licence or Certificate of Registration
Private Sector – Do I need a Waste Licence, Permit or Certificate of Registration
Drop down for “Source of Waste” is as follows:
Construction & Demolition
Municipal (Household & Commercial)
Gardens & Parks
Waste Management Industry
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Database for waste facility permits and certificates of registration
The Waste Facility Permit and the Certificate of Registration Database is a register for waste facility permits and certificates of registration issued by local authorities under the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations, S.I. No. 821 of 2007, as amended. This website is a central register hosted by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) of all waste facility permits and certificates of registration granted, reviewed, revoked and expired. The database can be accessed at the following link: http://facilityregister.nwcpo.ie/
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Locations of authorised waste sites (permits, licences, exemptions) granted by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (DAERA) under the relevant legislation.
Updated on 08/02/21 with data extracted on 01/02/21. A fuller description of the Status field is given below:
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- Licence Existing = licence issued and valid at time data extracted
- Licence Revoked = licence previously issued now rescinded by the regulator
- Licence Suspended = licence previously issued now suspended in part or in whole by the regulator
- Licence Superceded = licence previously issued now superceded by another authorisation
- Licence Surrendered = licence previously issued has now been ‘given up’ by the holder
- Licence Transfer = licence previously issued to one holder has been transferred to another
- Exemption Registered = exemption from licencing issued and valid at time data extracted
- Exemption Expired = exemption from licencing has not been renewed after its 1 or 3 year lifetime
- Exemption Revoked = exemption from licencing previously issued now rescinded by the regulator