AN TAISCE HAS accused An Bord Pleanála of showing “a failure in both scientific and legal competence” in allowing Edenderry power station to keep burning peat until 2023.
The independent environmental charity says that the decision is acting “contrary to the national interest” and that, by their decision, An Bord Pleanála have “made a clear statement of its anti-climate policies”.
The power station is owned by Bord na Móna and An Taisce claim that the facility releases emissions of up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
Bord na Móna say that at present over 20 per cent of fuel burned at Edenderry is recycled biomass. The company have targeted that this will increase to 30 per cent by 2015 which would account for the burning of 300,000 tones of biomass fuels.
An Taisce however have further concerns and claim that the Environmental Impact Assessment on the direct and indirect effects of the project are deficient.
“In granting permission to continue peat-burning, the Board failed entirely to address the legal basis of the extraction source of the peat from surrounding bogs,” said An Taisce.