COUNTY Hall is to examine the Passage West Dockyard waste permit to assess if there are additional protections for local residents who are dealing with noise, odour and dust issues from the site.
Independent councillor Marcia D'Alton raised the issue outlining that the EPA required the Dockyard to get a waste permit in 2005 in order to continue receiving and exporting scrap.
While the Dockyard operates under a planning function granted in 1987, Mrs D'Alton said that the more modern permit would possibly cater in some degree for environmental issues related to the activities of the site.
“The benefits of a waste permit for the residents is that it would introduce additional environmental considerations into a statutory piece of legislation attaching to the activity, something that at least the scrap element of the activity must operate,” The Independent Councillor said.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus McGrath supported the idea and said any way the council can pursue the matter should be followed up.
A report is being prepared by the Environment Department on Ms D'Alton’s request.