Moville Greencastle WWTP

 
 

From: Enda Craig

Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 9:12 AM
To: LONG Antoinette (ENV)
Cc: SPEIGHT Paul (ENV);
Subject: Moville Greencastle WWTP

 

Dear Ms Long,

 

In reply to your last email 22nd January2016 and your assessment of the status of the Moville Waste Water Plant and your expectation that “no decision would be taken before the new legislation is in place.”

I wish to inform you that Sean Corrigan of Irish Water has informed me in an email  14th May 2015 “Irish Water is currently working on procurement  for the detailed design of the scheme, with treatment location and outfall in accordance with planning.  Irish Water would hope to be in a position to award a contract by the end of 2016.
While the EPA discharge licence has not issued at this stage it is expected that it will be in place before construction commences, given the time required for detailed design and contract document preparation. The licence will determine the discharge standards required.”

Furthermore, on 13 January 2016  the Foyle Rowing Club  received an email communication from  Nicholas O Dwyer a company  who state “we are currently progressing the Moville/Greencastle Sewerage Scheme on behalf of Irish Water. At present we are investigating the suitability of Lough Foyle for the proposed effluent discharge. We are trying to compile a list of stakeholders and to establish what recreational activities (in order to determine the appropriate solution for the scheme) are currently conducted in the Lough.”

I am deeply concerned that Irish Water are progressing an application for a discharge license with the EPA and to have it dealt with under SI 684 before compliance with the requirements of article 76 of C50-09 are put in place.

Irish Water appear to be oblivious to any legislative concerns as expressed at the package meeting of November ( date) and future legislative changes emanating, as promised by the Irish Authorities.

I would also like to refer you back to the remarks  of Marian Harkin MEP in her request  that the Commission  insists that any decisions taken now must obey the requirements of the  C50-09 Judgement and ensure that the Irish authorities comply fully with that judgement from the time they committed to doing so.

If the Irish Government have acknowledged non compliance with C50/09 how can Irish Water still be mandated to carry on regardless?

 

Kind regards

Enda Craig

http://www.epa.ie/licences/lic_eDMS/090151b28057cac9.pdf

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From: Antoinette.Long@ec
To: endacraig
CC: Paul.SPEIGHT@ec; marianharkin; Cian.OLionain
Subject: RE: Moville Greencastle WWTP
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:26:53 +0000

Dear Mr. Craig,

 

Thank you for your e-mail of Friday 29 January.  In relation to the status of the project at Moville, we are not informed of the details of any preparatory work that may have been undertaken by Irish Water.  Irrespective of what may have been done in the past or of any preparatory work undertaken, we remain confident that no licencing decision will be taken (and consequently no building will be started) until the planned new legislation is in place and a licence has been obtained. The precise timing of this legislation is not entirely clear, particularly in view of the upcoming election. However, we believe that this legislation should ensure compliance with the C-50 judgment in the area of waste water discharge licencing (although we have not seen draft texts yet).  Therefore any future decision should and must comply with the judgment and with the EIA Directive.

 

Please note that I am copying Mr. O’Lionan on this message, so that you can follow up with him directly in terms of the timing of the planned new legislation. In the meantime we will continue our informal contacts with the authorities to ensure that all necessary steps are taken.

 

Regards,

Antoinette Long

 

LONG Antoinette

Case handler for Ireland – infringements

European Commission

 

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