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Poolbeg incinerator facing charges of breaking its licence at Dublin 4 site

Dublin Waste to Energy has two months to decide how to plead.

The incinerator has been controversial since it was first proposed.
The incinerator has been controversial since it was first proposed.
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THE OPERATOR OF the Poolbeg incinerator has been given two months to decide how it will plead to breaking its environmental protection licence.

The plant at Pigeon House Road, Poolbeg, Dublin 4, converts waste that cannot be reused or recycled into clean energy.

The Dublin Waste to Energy project is a public private partnership between Dublin City Council and recycling and energy company Covanta.

Dublin Waste to Energy faces six counts of breaking conditions of the licence granted to it by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Poolbeg, Dublin 4.

Summonses had been issued and the case was listed before Dublin District Court yesterday.

The charges are contrary to Section 8 and 86 (6) of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992.

Dublin Waste to Energy is charged that between 1 June and 2 June last, both dates inclusive, it failed to ensure, in the event of an incident occurring at the facility, that the EPA was notified by 10am the following working day.

Iis also alleged that it failed to notify in a format specified by the agency of any breach of one or more of the conditions of the licence.

It is accused that on 1 June and the following day, on 6 June, and between 7 and 10 June last, it failed to ensure that the incineration plant was operated in such a way that the gas resulting from the process was raised in a controlled and homogeneous fashion, for a duration of two seconds to a temperature of 850 degrees Celsius.

Two charges state on 1 June and the next day and on June 6 last it failed to ensure that the auxiliary burner was switched on automatically when the temperature of the combustion gases after the last injection of combustion air fell below 850 degrees Celsius.

Prosecuting solicitor Maeve Larkin told Judge John Brennan that the case could be adjourned until 5 February, 2018 for the defendant to enter a plea to the charges.

The judge made that order.

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