|Project Details||Irish Cement has two cement production facilities in Ireland, one in Platin, Co.Meath and the other in Castlemungret, Co. Limerick. It is the latter plant that they wish to shift from fossil fuel burning to waste incineration. In the words of journalists prasing the plan : "IRISH Cement has formally applied for planning permission to transform the way it operates at its plant in Limerick. The firm is seeking the go-ahead from Limerick City and County Council for a development which will allow for the replacement of fossil fuels through lower carbon alternatives at the Mungret plant. The project will also allow for the use of other raw materials. In a move which will see 40 new roles created over the lifetime of the €10m plan, Irish Cement will burn rubber from used tyres at more than 1,400 degrees celsius. This should allay fears of any impact on the environment, because due to the high temperature, the material will immediately become liquid, like lava, and set immediately. It also solves the problem of used car tyres which are piling up around the country.Thousands of tonnes of tyres will be ferried to the Mungret factory, along with shredded plastics which waste disposal companies cannot process."|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||11,000,000|
|Type of Population||Semi-urban|
|Potential Affected Population||6,900 households in the Ballycummin electoral area alone|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Irish Cement Ltd from Ireland - Wishes to alter from fossil fuel burning to alternative waste sources (e.g. rubber tyres)|
|Relevant government actors||Limerick City and County Council.|
Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.ie, issues licences to permit shift to waste incineration.
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Limerick Against Pollution (LAP)|