Irish court finds in favour biomass CHP plant

The Irish High Court has ruled that legal complaints made against the development of a combined heat and power plant in County Meath are ‘unfounded’.

13 residents had sought to quash an An Bord Pleanala decision, according to the Irish Times newspaper, however the Nobber biomass CHP plant has been adjudged to be fir for approval of planning permission.
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Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said he understood the anxiety of local people about the development, however he ruled their legal complaints were unfounded.

College Proteins Ltd, a biowaste management company are developing the plant alongside an associated ash landfill facility, near its existing meat rendering plant in the townlands of College and Rathgillen.

The case was against the Board and the State with Meath Co Council and College Proteins Ltd as notice parties.

The residents claimed there was a failure to properly transpose the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive into Irish law, however this assertion was found to be neither fair nor accurate in the court.

In his judgment, Mr Justice Moriarty ruled the residents concerns about the EIA “do not arise as a matter of fact or as a matter of law”.

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