EPA accused of giving ‘fig leaf’ to Irish Cement

first_imgEmail Linkedin Print NewsEnvironmentEPA accused of giving ‘fig leaf’ to Irish CementBy Alan Jacques – July 14, 2019 357 Twitter Facebookcenter_img THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignored EU rules by granting exemptions on nitrous oxide emissions to Irish Cement for their manufacturing plant in Mungret .That’s according to the Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) group who claim that the EPA allowed Irish Cement to continue emitting nitrous oxides, as if the level was still 800mg per cubic metre, when the EU directive had reduced it to 500mg years earlier.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The 2010 Industrial Emissions Directive was finalised almost a decade ago and factories across Europe knew what the new limits for pollution were, and how many years they had to comply with the new regulations.“They looked at their systems, planned ahead and got their emissions down before the deadline. Irish Cement was not one of those companies.”LAP went onto claim that when the old limit was 800mg per cubic metre, Irish Cement was found to be emitting nitrous oxide at 940mg.“The limit has been 500mg for years, but Irish Cement can’t seem to operate to the limit. Long after the deadline for granting derogations had expired, Irish Cement applied to the EPA to be exempted from the 500 mg limit.”Limerick Against Pollution wrote to the EPA to point out that the directive expressly forbids granting a derogation after the deadline passed. They believe the EPA granted the derogation regardless.“That was a six month derogation which expired in April 2018, giving Irish Cement a fig leaf to emit nitrous oxide well above the permitted limit. Someone needs to explain why the EPA granted the first derogation, long after the deadline imposed by the 2010 directive.“Nitrous oxide is linked to various health problems, particularly in relation to the lungs and heart. Other parts of society are reducing emissions, while Irish Cement is repeatedly failing to do so, and being treated with kid gloves by our regulator.“If the EPA is acting contrary to EU Directives, to provide a fig leaf so a local polluter can claim to be in compliance with EPA rules, then its credibility isn’t worth mentioning,” LAP concluded.In response, the EPA said that in a response to the query on July 3, the licensee stated that as the derogation period granted under the current licence had now expired, no further derogation is being sought as part of the review currently being undertaken.” Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleWatch: Limerick Pride marks 50 years of Stonewall Riots with ‘World Pride’ themeNext articleGalway edge tight encounter with Limerick in Athenry Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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He said he’d race again the next time IndyCar goes to a virtual oval. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WOODS-ARIZONA STATE FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his nearly five-year fight against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement.The Swiss attorney general’s office has confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling. However, the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery. The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years.OBIT-WILLIAM MILLSAPSAward-winning sportswriter William Millsaps dies at age 77RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Award-winning sportswriter William H. “Bill” Millsaps Jr. has died at 77.Millsaps played basketball at the University of Tennessee and started his journalism career as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times before joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch as a sportswriter in 1966. He spent nearly 40 years with the Times-Dispatch, becoming managing editor in 1992 and being elevated to vice president and executive editor two years later. He retired as a full-time writer in 2005 and was the 2011 recipient of the Red Smith Award, presented by The Associated Press Sports Editors for contributions to sports journalism. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MCCRAY-PENSONMississippi State hires Nikki McCray-Penson as women’s coachSTARKVILLE, Miss. 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He earned first-team all-Big Sky honors and finished second in the conference in assists.Woods played at Glendale Apollo High School before spending the past three seasons at Portland State.He will have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules unless he is granted a waiver. Gundy said Saturday it was never his intention to offend anyone, adding that his first priority is and will always be the student-athletes and doing what is best for the program and the university.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWTA’s Rogers Cup scrubbed from scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Tennis Canada announced Saturday that the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule. It says the tournament will return to Montreal in August 2021.center_img COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA STATE-GUNDYGundy apologizes for COVID-19 commentsSTILLWATER, Okla. 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