Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (411)

Joan Collins


411. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in view of his plans to extend the Ringsend waste water plant, Dublin, if he will ensure that appropriate assessments are carried out to ensure the protection of fishing jobs in the area. [6955/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Dublin City Council’s proposal for the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme, 2010 – 2013 as a scheme to start during the lifetime of the Programme. I understand that Dublin City Council’s application for approval of an EIS and planning consent for the proposed expansion of the Ringsend plant was approved by An Bord Pleanála in November 2012. I am informed that the City Council submitted an application to the Environmental Protection Agency for a Dumping at Sea Permit, in accordance with Section 5 of the Dumping at Sea Acts 1996 to 2010, in early December 2012, seeking approval of an alternative to the land-based disposal of the tunnel spoil and that a period of public consultation in relation to this permit application ended on 31 January 2013.

Matters relating to planning applications, permits, licences and authorisations are matters for the relevant statutory regulators such as An Bord Pleanála and the Environmental Protection Agency.