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Greyhound told waste facility permit application invalid for 20 reasons

The company has not yet re-applied for the permit, the council confirmed.

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GREYHOUND HOUSEHOLD HAD a waste facility permit application deemed invalid by South Dublin County Council (SDCC), for 20 listed reasons.

The application for the Waste Facility Permit was made under the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007 on 7 March of this year.

The application was in relation to a location at Knockmitten Lane.

Greyhound currently has a depot at Knockmitten Lane.

SDCC confirmed that the application was a brand new application, and not a review of a permit.

It also confirmed that Michael Buckley had not re-submitted the application.

While the EPA deals with waste licences, a waste facility permit is for smaller facilities, and so the licence can be obtained through the local authority.

The letter

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On 20 March, Michael Buckley of Greyhound Household received a letter from SDCC saying that the application has been deemed invalid, in accordance with article 12(7)(a) of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007, as amended.

TheJournal.ie obtained the letter under the Freedom of Information Act.

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There were 20 reasons contained in the letter outlining why the permit was invalid, including:

  • Form used does not correspond with the application form available on South Dublin County Council’s website. Appropriate form to be used.
  • Certificate of Registration required
  • Two scales included on drawing only one scale to be used
  • Unclear what size the ‘Site Location Map’ is – referenced as 1:10,560 and also 1:1,000 scale
  • Orientation of North point to be included on all maps
  • Please provide a letter from the Planning Department confirming that the proposed waste activity is in accordance with current planning permission
  • Clarification is required on emission from the facility (in reference to a Report on Noise survey at Knockmitten Lane, 2014)
  • Detailed description of waste activity is required
  • Noise emissions – No document reference provided
  • Please confirm if signatory is a solicitor and/or Peace commissioner
  • “Ambient monitoring not deemed appropriate as the site is located in an industrial area”. Please qualify this statement.

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The application was returned with the application fee less €200 for administrative costs and overheads.

The letter stated that Greyhound “should not engage in any waste related activities at the site until such time as a Waste Facility Permit is granted”.

Greyhound was approached for a comment but due to the ongoing industrial dispute issues, it declined.

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