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Environmental group challenges EPA approval for industrial extraction of peat

An Environmental NGO has launched a High Court challenge against a decision of the Environment Protection Agency to accept an application for the industrial extraction of peat.  The action has been brought by the Friends of the Irish Environment, which has asked the court to quash a decision made by the EPA last October to accept an application by a company called Harte Peat Ltd for an integra...
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Ireland faces EU fine of €1.7m over Derrybrien wind farm landslide

Ireland faces EU fine of €1.7m over Derrybrien wind farm landslide Ireland is facing a fine of €1.7m over its failure to comply with an EU Court judgment relating to the Derrybrien wind farm in Galway.  The wind farm, which was constructed more than 13 years ago, was one of the largest in the EU. However, no environmental impact assessment was carried out for the project. Its construction requi...
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Environmental factors and risks that fall within the scope of Environmental Impact Assessments

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Projects that require a preliminary environmental impact assessment The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (2011/92/EU, as amended by 2014/52/EU) applies to all “public and private projects which are likely to have significant effects on the environment”. Specific examples of projects that may be covered are listed in Annexes I and II. Scope of assessment Environmental factor...
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Updated Planning Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment published

Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has published updated guidelines for planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out environmental impact assessment. The publication of the Guidelines coincides with the coming into operation on 1 September 2018 of most of the provisions of the European Union (Planning and Development) (Environmental Impact Ass...
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Environmental impact of using air conditioning to stay cool on these hot days

Once the temperatures start to rise in the summer, it’s second nature for many people to turn the air conditioner to full-blast. The struggle of blowing out your hair while swimming in a pool of your own sweat can certainly feel like reason enough to crank up that fan speed to “arctic”. But since the environmental impact of using an AC to stay cool is way worse than once thought, it might be t...
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The Construction Industry is Booming in Ireland!

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The construction industry is booming as Dublin recovers from the 2008 crash, according to the International Construction Market Survey 2018 produced by Turner & Townsend. Construction activity expanded 18 percent in 2017 with the office construction sector particularly showing signs of strength. The Irish economy once again performed well in 2017, with GDP growth at 4.8 percent, supported by ...
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Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the process of examining the anticipated environmental effects of a proposed project - from consideration of environmental aspects at design stage, through consultation and preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), evaluation of the EIAR by a competent authority, the subsequent decision as to wheth...
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