An Taisce confirm objection to EPA licence determination for Lough Ree power station

An Taisce says its main reason for lodging an objection to the EPA licence determination for the Lough Ree power station in Lanesboro is the impact on the environment of continued peat extraction.

The environmental group is in the process of lodging an objection on the EPA licence and it has already made a submission on the planning permission for the station.

The existing permission for peat burning at the Lough Ree plant in Lanesboro expires in December of 2020.

It had been hoped that the power station might be reopened in the next month if there were no objection to the EPA notice, but that is unlikely to happen with the objection from An Taisce.

The ESB has not made any comment since the EPA notice was issued other than to say that they would be noting the determination and the 112 conditions.

Speaking to Shannonside FM News, Ian Lumley from An Taisce says the objection which they are in the process of lodging this week is based on the same reason why Bord Pleanala refused permission recently for the continued operation of the Shannonbridge plant in Offaly.