Posted by: tagnotowasteplant | August 8, 2013

AD plant refused in Galway

Tuam, Galway, welcomes refusal of AD waste plant planning permission.

“It is the right decision,” Cllr Cunniffe told the Galway Advertiser yesterday, as these types of facilities “have consistently been proven to create serious odour nuisances in the UK” adding that they are not suitable near homes.

“The technology is just not there to allow an anaerobic waste digestion plant to operate without that nuisance and that was the main objection to it. But because the roads in Tuam are good and the population is there developers think it suits the facility to be here. This will destroy the air quality. We have to put people first. The whole town is united on this issue. There have been examples of leakages in one plant in the UK. This is sludge, offal, the world’s worst stuff, it would destroy Tuam.

“It’s a strategic plan by anaerobic developers that Tuam is an ideal location for Connacht. There is a long term plan to target the town for such facilities. A biogas facility at Airglooney did get planning permission from the council but it was refused when it was brought before An Bord Pleanála. The council were embarrassed at the hearing as it showed they did not understand the process of the plant and what problems it can cause,” said Cllr Cunniffe, who is now calling on the council executive to give an update to councillors outlining what expert knowledge there is to deal with such applications.

Such is the opposition to the plants that a campaign group, Tuam Bio Gas Concern Group, has been set up on Facebook. Many of the posts praised the work of the action group and other locals and in response the campaign group said: “It’s people power guys, it was great to see the whole town coming together this time round.”

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