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Irish Cement faces legal action over Mungret dust emissions

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The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suing Irish Cement for allegedly breaching its operating license at its cement plant in Limerick, Ireland. According to the Limerick Leader, a local newspaper, the court proceedings relate dust emissions that have come from the plant.

The Mungret plant in Limerick has been a site of controversy this year. In addition to the dust emissions, local residents have sought to block a plan by Irish Cement to begin cofiring refuse-derived fuels at the plant. That plan is now before the Irish planning authority, An Bord Pleanala, as well as the EPA.

Local campaign group, Limerick Against Pollution, welcomed the EPA’s legal action as a step in the right direction.

“Irish Cement’s Limerick factory has previously gotten away with a slap on the wrist and paying for car washes for major incidents, which coated several estates with dust from their aging kiln,” said spokesperson for LAP, Tim Hourigan. “It took the combined pressure of multiple residents associations to get the EPA to clamp down on this.”

The legal action comes despite the plant being removed from the EPA’s black list of sites targeted for enhanced enforcement activities in September, indicating the site had improved its environmental performance and restored its regulatory compliance.

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