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Dairy expansion putting pressure on marine life

The expansion of the Irish dairy herd is placing significant pressure on aquatic biodiversity, a conference on marine protected areas (MPA) heard today.

Speaking at the Bigger and Better MPA conference at Trinity College Dublin, Dr David Lyons of the National Parks and Wildlife Service(NPWS) said that agricultural intensification is becoming a key stress on the marine environment alongside the fisheries sector.

Read more at Green…

Dairygold pipeline has no Industrial Emissions Licence

The EPA has yet to issue the Industrial Emissions License that Dairygold need in order to open the tap on their pipeline. The EPA are still taking submissions. You can tell the EPA why you think the pipeline is a bad idea by writing a submission here:-

Click on the Submission tab at the bottom of the page.

Please make your submission as unemotional as possible and include any scientific facts you might have.

Below is a suggested submission which you can cut and paste:


I ______________________ am concerned about the impact statement and associated documents accompanying the present application from Dairygold TINE and wish to submit an objection for the following reasons:

1.Lack of acknowledgment in the NIS (Nature Impact Statement)) that upstream pollution {i.e. in to the Great Island Channel} would cause adverse effects on the water quality in a part of Cork Harbour that is categorised as both SAC (Special Areas of Conservation) and SPA (Special Protected Area)

2. Lack of acknowledgment in the NIS of the adverse effect of pollution released downstream [i.e. into other parts of the Cork Harbour} on the protected species in Cork Harbour SPA

3. Lack of analysis in NIS of the Possible deposition of Fat, Oil and Grease(FOG) on the surface of mudflats and the effect of such deposition on feeding birds.

4. Erroneous claims in the NIS that there will be no significant effect on water quality.

Slow Water turn over in the Harbour

NUI Galway research demonstrates that any discharge from the Rathcoursey Outlet will circulate and remain around East Ferry and the Great Island North Channel for up to two months before exiting the harbour.

Tine need to demonstrate beyond reasonable scientific doubt that long term exposure to FOG will have no detrimental effect on the Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protected Areas.

Lack of Appropriate Assessments

As part of the application process, because the proposal potentially impacts on two European protected sites (the Cork Harbour Special Protected Area and the Great Island Channel Special Area of Conservation), it is necessary to carry out Appropriate Assessments as specified by legislation. The legislation framework is laid down in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), and transposed in the European Communities (Bird and Natural Habitats) Regulation 2011

I ask to see your assessment findings…All four Stages of your findings…the four stages are listed below:

1. Screening

2. Detailed analysis in the Nature Impact Statement…If NIS cannot rule out adverse effects on species protected in the SAC and SPA sites, then analysis should proceed to stage 3

3.Alternative Solutions…if none exist

4. Imperative reasons of overriding public interest for allowing project to adversely affect a Natura 2000 site

I object to the fact that Dairygold/TINE have not sought alternative solutions nor offered “imperative reasons of overriding public interest” as is required by European and Irish Law I therefore consider that the applicant should be required to proceed to the third stage (as illustrated above), and to consider alternatives to the proposed discharge of wastewater into the Harbour

Local Impact Statements

…Smell of sewerage…residue, scum, dead flora fauna…and what will happen when 4,000,000 lts of FOG are discharged on top of this daily…

Lastly, it is our understanding that under Regulation 42/(12) of the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011, Appropriate Assessment should take account of “any written submissions or observations made to the public authority in relation to the application for consent for proposed plan or project”. Which would imply that alternatives suggested in formal submissions should be given consideration during the process.

Here are some alternative solutions for treating the waste water: construct wetlands
Irrigation of short rotation willow coppice
Irrigation of farmland.

As required by Irish and European law, please consider my submission and I await your response.


Dairygold Co-op defends Cork harbour discharge

Dairygold Co-op has told Cork County Council the discharge from its new factory will not undermine water quality in Cork Harbour as similar wastewater is already being dumped there.

More than 100 people from around East Cork lodged objections to the proposed plant, with many citing the location of the wastewater pipe at Rathcoursey as being of particular concern. Read more at the Irish Examiner…

Report refutes Dairygold claim about cheese plant waste’s safe disposal

An expert report on Cork harbour has contradicted claims made by Dairygold that waste from a planned cheese plant will be “safely carried out to sea on outgoing tides”.

Hydrodynamic studies from NUI Galway show that the North Channel waters at Rathcoursey, where Dairygold wants to dump waste from its Mogeely plant, can take “in excess of 70 days” to “flush out”. Read more at the Irish Examiner…

Wastepipe Issue Pits Neighbours Against Dairy Gold

Residents in East Cork living along the route of a proposed 14-kilometre pipe carrying treated wastewater containing fats oils and grease, continue to raise environmental concerns.

Last month an Bord Pleanala granted permission for a multimillion Euro development at Mogeely, which will see the facility become an international centre of excellence for cheese development. Read more at East Cork Journal…