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Irish Cement back on priority site list

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Irish Cement’s plant in Limerick has been placed back on a list of industrial sites facing enforcement action by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest National Priority Sites List was published at the end of January and includes the Limerick cement plant after a release of raw meal in December.

“Irish Cement is disappointed to be included on the list and is fully cooperating with EPA on the matter, and looks forward to being removed from the list in due coruse,” the company said in a statement.

The Limerick plant has a patchy recent history of environmental compliance, appearing on the first National Priority Sites List last year after dust emissions provoked local complaints.

The company is also running into local resistance to plans to convert its kiln to cofire waste. Planning permission for the switch was initially granted by the local council but has since been held up by an appeal to Ireland’s national planning appeals body, An Bord Pleanála.

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