Thank you for the copy of the EIS for the above proposal.


We have been requested by local residents to assist in seeking information about this proposal which they have been unable to obtain.


The Secretary,

Clare County Council,

Station Road,

Ennis, Co. Clare

8 December, 2000


Re: EIS for Killadysert Explosive Factory


Dear Sirs;


Thank you for the copy of the EIS for the above proposal.


We have been requested by local residents to assist in seeking information about this proposal which they have been unable to obtain.


In this regard, our examination of the EIS, for which we paid you £30.00, reveals that Appendix 1 is missing from the document.


Appendix 1 relates to the Health and Safety section [see 3.5 Health and Safety], which containing no data refers to 4.2 ["Technical supporting material"] which also contains no data and refers to Appendix 1, which is not included in the copy supplied.


At a number of points during the EIS the authors refer to the confidentiality of their operation, even citing a "need to know" principle.


The requirements for public consultation and the availability of information relating to explosives are clearly laid out in EU Directive 96/082, "The Seveso Directive", which is not referred to by the applicant. The term "need to know" is not used in the Directive.


The following matters, however, are required to be made available to the public and have not yet been provided, unless they are in Appendix 1 which is missing from the copy supplied by your authority.


Article 11 of this Directive requires the production of internal and external "Emergency Plans" with the object of "communicating the necessary information to the public." No such Emergency Plan is included in this EIS.


Article 9 requires that a "Safety Report" be drawn up. No such Safety Report is included in this EIS.


Article 13 (1) "Information of safety measures" requires "Member States shall ensure that information on safety measures and on the requisite behavior in the event of an accident is supplied, without their having to request it, to person liable to be effected by a major accident originating in an establishment covered by Article 9".


Article 13 (4) states that Member States shall ensure that the Safety Report is available to the public.


Annex V details "Items of Information to be Communicated to the Public as provided for in Article 13 (1)". This lists 11 separate items, none of which have been provided within this EIS.


We would be grateful if you supplied Appendix I of the EIS. As an emanation of the State we believe you are required to ensure that the applicant conform to Directive 96/082 by providing for public scrutiny the Emergency Plans and the Safety Report required by this Directive.


Please place this letter on the public planning file and notify us of any requests for further information, etc.

Friends of the Irish Environment


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