AN TAISCE HAS been granted permission to appeal a decision to allow Edenderry power station continue as a peat-and-biomass burning station until 2023.
The independent environmental charity says that they have been granted leave by the High Court to bring a judicial review against the decision.
An Taisce say that their case focuses on the extraction of the peat burned at the station:
Contrary to EU law, the environmental effects of extracting the peat fuel to be burned at Edenderry were not assessed before granting planning permission to allow the plant burn peat from 2015 to 2023, or at any point previously.
They say that the Bord na Móna owned plant burns up to 1.2 million tonnes of peat a year.
Bord na Móna say that at present over 20 per cent of fuel burned at Edenderry is recycled biomass and have have targeted that this will increase to 30 per cent by 2015.
Permission begin an appeal was welcomed today by James Nix, policy director for An Taisce.
“This is a clear case where the environmental impact must be assessed before a green light can validly be given. Today is the first step in the legal process and we look forward to the issues being examined by the High Court,” he said.