Map of potential nuclear contamination bu the UK Hinkley B proposed nuclear power plant.
SUBMISSION BY FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT HAVING CONCERNS ABOUT THE COMPLIANCE BY THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE ESPOO CONVENTION WITH RESPECT TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
This disease came into Ireland because Irish seed was exported to be raised in Holland. This in itself is a condemnation of Irish forest policy with insufficient nurseries here to supply the demand for our native trees. The policy has instead continually favoured non–native conifers that require fertilisation and produce a poor quality timber. ‘The import of these seedlings took place in spite of the fact that the presence of the disease on the continent was known since 1992 and had spread rapidly since then. Plant health controls were sacrificed in the interest of free trade. The submission suggests that the authorities do not have the resources to track the spread of the disease alone and must call on the voluntary environmental organisations and groups around the country and employ “ready–to–use system” GIS developed elsewhere to help monitor the spread of the disease.
FIE’s submission on the heads of the proposed climate change legislation calling for 6 actions: 1. What has happened to the policy consultation? 2. We need a Climate Responsibility Act, with targets and real oversight, because the climate crisis is more serious than the fiscal crisis. 3. Irish legislation should be in keeping with EU legislation. 4. The legislation should be capable of covering black carbon and other forcing agents. 5. Wider benefits and considerations of climate policy need to be covered by the legislation. 6. Ireland needs to engage with agricultural and food policy for greenhouse gas emissions reduction rather than hoping it goes away.
A summary of the recent cases from An Bord Pleanala determining that industrial scale peat extraction is no longer exempt from planning and licensing requirements is a joy to read. What FIE has been saying in countless submissions since 2009 has now been made clear: all operations in the midlands continuing after September 2012 (when the new Regulations came in place) must seek development consent. And under the Management Plan for the Shannon Region, any authority would ‘first have to satisfy itself that the licence would promote an improved quality of water in the river.’