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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‘Thousands have tried’. Bayern ponder how to stop Messi

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said the German giants are working out how to curb the legendary talents of Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Friday’s Champions League quarter-final.”Thousands of people before me have tried to answer this question,” Goretzka replied Tuesday in Lisbon when asked how to stop Messi.”It is nice – after playing against [Juventus star Cristiano] Ronaldo a few times – to play the other formative player of the last decade. Topics : “That can only be done collectively,” the 25-year-old central midfielder said of Messi, “because he is a gifted footballer”.”I don’t know how, but we have to force our game on them.”Messi scored his 31st goal this season on Saturday and is looking to lift the Champions League for the fifth time in his career with Barcelona.Treble-chasing Bayern, however, have won all 13 games since the coronavirus lockdown restart.center_img They underlined their impressive form on Saturday when Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top scorer, netted twice and created two more in the last 16, second-leg rout of Chelsea to seal a 7-1 thrashing on aggregate.Bayern are chasing the treble having already won an eighth straight Bundesliga title and lifted the German Cup, but Goretzka says Barcelona present a true test.”There is no easy way now. We are here in the sun in Portugal and are preparing for a knockout game in the Champions League,” he said.”We’re really up for it. Knockout matches are great.”While Barcelona are packed with stars alongside Messi, Goretzka says Bayern are far more than just Lewandowski’s goals. “At the moment, we’re playing as a unit, in addition to the quality of the individual players.”We have a clear plan in hand and our intensity without the ball can make the difference.” But he admitted being wary of Arturo Vidal, Barca’s ex-Bayern midfielder.”I got to know him for a few weeks and played against him many times. He has a first-class mentality with amazing fitness,” added Goretzka.”I noticed that during fitness tests – which I took next to him – he can go beyond the pain threshold.”last_img read more

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7th KWASFEST: Athletes lament poor coordination, welfare, kits

first_imgRelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme COVID-19 taught us to be closer to God – ex-NAN Director Some Athletes at the ongoing 7th Kwara State Sports Festival on Tuesday decried the poor coordination, welfare and quality of kits provided for the event. Some of the athletes told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin that they were not happy as they were not getting what they expected at the event. The athletes said they were only persevering because of their love for the sports they were participating in. Benjamin Adeyemi, a Handball player from Isin Local Government Area, said the festival was organised like an amateur event. Adeyemi said: “The festival is so poor, the arrangement looks as if it is an amateur programme. “Whosoever is in charge of welfare didn’t do a good job because we are being treated as if we are secondary school students. “For breakfast, we are being given N30 bread with coloured water as tea and boiled eggs. “The kits are also nothing to write home about as we were given polo shirts as jerseys, which is also of very low quality and they are not even enough.” Toyin Adewumi from Ekiti Local Government Area said “the welfare is not encouraging at all”. ADewumi added: “We are just persevering because of our love for sports. “May be in the subsequent editions, they can improve, but for now, this is not good at all.” Adijat Mohammed, who plays volleyball for Oyun Local Government Area, claimed the last meal they were served was lunch on Monday. Mohammed said: “We were given rice yesterday afternoon which also served as our dinner. “We had to use our money to eat dinner and this morning we were not given breakfast. “We resorted to drink Garri before our match starts.” Another athlete from Oyun Local Government Area, Seliat Mohammed, also said it was unfortunate that the festival was revived for athletes to suffer. Reacting to the complaints, the State Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem, said the various local government councils were responsible for provision of kits, feeding and allowances and not the state. Kazeem explained that the Main Organising Committee was only responsible for accommodation, security and other logistics of the host community. He assured that the N500 daily allowances for athletes would be paid on the last day of the programme. NAN reports that the 7th edition of the festival, which opened on January 25, is expected to end on Saturday. Athletes from 16 local government areas of the state are featuring in 26 events. NAN.Tags: Benjamin AdeyemiIsin LGAKWAFESTKwara Statelast_img read more

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