Incinerator

Incinerator to begin Waste-Burning

Posted July 14th, 2017

We have been in touch with Covanta and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get an update on the operations of the incinerator. Oil burning is taking place at the moment and if tests go as planned, waste-burning will begin over the next few days.

There will likely be periods of activity and shut downs over the coming weeks as further tests are carried out. There should be no extra visible effects from the incinerator as the move from oil-burning to waste-burning occurs. The EPA will have someone on site at this point to ensure that monitoring equipment is functioning properly and temperatures and abatement levels are correct.

Temperature levels are currently online, here. As full operations commence emission levels will be available also.

To see the communication we from Covanta, go here. To see their notice about the commencement, go here.

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4 May 2017

Following on from the information we circulated yesterday (below); we received some further details from Covanta and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency):

The EPA has confirmed that they undertook an unannounced site visit on 3rd May and that the testing (steam blowing activity which generated the steam emissions) was completed.  The EPA confirmed that no waste incineration has taken place and only a very limited quantity of waste has been accepted at the facility and remains in the waste bunker.

For more information on this site visit and the report to come, go here.

See some information about the recent ‘steam blows’, provided by Covanta, here.

As mentioned previously – trucks taking waste to the incinerator must use the port tunnel and eastern bypass, not local roads (except for transporting waste produced in this area). If residents notice waste trucks from a wider area using local roads, they should contact the City Council or, failing that, my office.

To see a map of the area mentioned above, go here (the yellow part of map).

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3 May 2017

There has been a lot of concern regarding the emanations from the Poolbeg Incinerator over the last few days and I have received many calls and emails from constituents.

Today and yesterday we have been in touch with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Dublin City Council (DCC) and Covanta. Please see below the main information that was provided to us.

– The plumes that were coming from the plant was steam, not smoke. The reason for the very large amount of it at the moment is that the pipes and other equipment are being cleaned prior to full operation of the plant. During normal operations the emissions will not be so great, it will be an odourless vapour and will be coming from the stacks rather than vents in the building. According to Covanta, yesterday was the last day of the ‘steam blows’.

– An EPA inspector is visiting the site today to ensure that what is occurring is safe.

– The EPA have a mobile emissions testing station near the incinerator. They expect it to be fully operational and providing data online at the end of this week.

For more information, including contact details for Covanta, DCC and the EPA, go here.

For a note from the EPA, go here.

We will follow up on the results of today’s site visit and let you know the findings.

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31 March 2017

THE Poolbeg incinerator is about to start burning waste and its operation will be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the plant meets the conditions of its licence, particularly emissions limits.

All enforcement records, such as site visit reports, will be available at the EPA’s website, here. The operating company, Covanta, is also obliged to put all monitoring data, including emissions reports, online here. If you are unable to resolve any issues with either the company or the EPA, do not hesitate to contact my office.

Trucks taking waste to the incinerator must use the port tunnel and eastern bypass, not local roads (except for transporting waste produced in this area). If residents notice waste trucks from a wider area using local roads, they should contact the City Council or, failing that, my office.

For more details, go here.