FIE is calling on the Government to approve publication of the national risk assessment of historic mines now awaiting Cabinet approval for 18 months.

"Historic Mine Site - Inventory and Risk Characterisation (HMS - IRC)" gives a list of the mines around Ireland which most urgently need remediation.

A recent study of 52 countries showed Ireland to be second only to the UK in emissions of the potentially toxic lead on a per capita basis. Yet this Risk Assessment, completed in January 2008 to meet an EU 2004 Directive, remains unavailable.

Press Release   |   Letter to Minister Eamon Ryan


CALL TO PUBLISH NATIONAL MINES RISK ASSESSMENT

Re: Minister of State launches Phase Two works at the Gortmore Tailings Management Facility, Silvermines, Co. Tipperary.

Friends of the Irish Environment welcomed Minister Lenihan's announcement of the progress with the remediation works at Silvermines, Co. Tipperary, but called on the Government to approve publication of the national risk assessment awaiting Cabinet approval.

A spokesman said that ‘A recent study of 52 countries showed Ireland to be second only to the UK in emissions of the potentially toxic lead on a per capita basis. Yet this Risk Assessment, completed in January 2008 to meet an EU 2004 Directive, remains unavailable.'

"Historic Mine Site - Inventory and Risk Characterisation (HMS - IRC)" was a two year project begun in January 2006 and due for completion in January 2008. The Report is a joint EPA, the Geological Survey of Ireland and Department of Communication, Marine & Natural Resources publication.

FIE says that it gives a list of the mines around Ireland which most urgently need remediation.

It can not be released to the public until the Cabinet approves it.

Tony Lowes, a FIE Director, said that the organization was finding an increased resistance to the publication of environmental reports when the possibility of financial obligations might arise.

Verification: Tony Lowes 027 74771 / 087 2176316

 

 

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