Irish Cement’s alternative fuels hearing gets underway

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Ireland: On 29 August 2017 an oral hearing began to hear submissions regarding plans by Irish Cement to use alternative fuels for energy in its plant in Limerick. The company is seeking to move away from using fossil fuels as a main source of material in its cement kiln in Mungret and to use recovered waste and tyres instead.

A number of local residents and members from action group Limerick Against Pollution (LAP) held a protest outside the hearing. LAP spokesperson Tim Hourigan said that residents were concerned about the possible release of toxins from the proposed process and that they were opposed to it going ahead. The hearing was also attended by local businessman and racehorse owner JP McManus, who said he was ‘concerned’ about the plans.

Representatives from Irish Cement told the hearing that the proposal would improve the long-term viability of the plant as well as help to reduce CO2 emissions and the plant’s reliance on imported fossil fuels. The hearing is expected to last until Friday 1 September 2017.

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