06 Oct 2022

ESB's Longford bog plan 'incomplete application'

ESB's Longford bog plan 'incomplete application'

The Mount Dillon Bog group

An Electricity Supply Board Networks planning application to Longford County Council relating to the winding up of an Ash Disposal facility has stalled in the planning office.

The application by ESB Networks was deemed incomplete by the local authority. The proposed plan has an address at Lough Ree Power Ash Disposal facility, Derraghan More, Ballymahon, Longford.

The application relates to what it describes as an “integrated constructed wetland” (ICW) over a total area of 5.58ha located within the existing Lough Ree Power Ash Disposal Facility (ADF) site.

The application proposes to include the formation of wetland cells, associated works and access roads using on site soils.

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The development, if approved, will include landscaping both within the wetland cells and surrounding area.

The existing ash disposal facility is a repository to store ash in order to remain compliant with Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

ESB say the current purpose of the ICW is for “the management and treatment of leachate arising from the ADF”.

The ICW is planned as part of their closure, as well as the restoration and aftercare management plan.

Any discharge waters following treatment through the ICW will flow to two open water cells for containment.

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Lough Ree Power station and the ADF are licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency under an industrial emissions licence.

A Natura impact statement (NIS) has been prepared for the purposes of this project.

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