Laois County Council has granted permission to Bord na Móna to increase the intake of waste at the Kyletalesha processing facility by over 50 percent more than the current levels.
The State body will increase the waste acceptance at the existing waste transfer and processing facility at Kyletalesha and Kyleclonhobert, Portlaoise, from the current permitted 40,000 tonnes a year to 65,000 tonnes a year.
It also said that it may seek permission to extend the facility past its current expiry date of 2020.
Included in the new plans is a proposal to install an integrated constructed wetland comprising two wetland cells of 70m2 each.
The council has said that, subject to compliance with a number of conditions, “the proposed development would not injure the amenities of the area”.
Among these is conditions is that the maximum tonnes per annum is to be 65,000, and no additional waste type shall be accepted.
Use of the site shall cease on or before December 31, 2020, unless permission for continuance beyond that date is granted.
The facility can open 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 7am to 2pm Saturday, with no activity on Sundays or public holidays.
A decommissioning management plan is to be submitted, and the disposal of waste is to be in accordance with legislation.
There must be proper storage of materials, a waste licence from the EPA, and proper noise levels must be adhered to.
There must be sufficient parking, the operators must maintain the roadway in a neat, tidy fashion, and all HGVS must use the N80 and L2117 only.
A contribution of €4,500 must be made to the council under the Development Contribution Scheme 2013-2017.
The facility is used for the sorting, bulking, separation, segregation, bailing and temporary storage of non-hazardous municipal and commercial and domestic wastes, prior to their movement off-site for further treatment.
In their application, Bord na Móna estimated that the increase from 40,000 tonnes per year to 65,000 tonnes will see the average intake go up from three or four weighed loads per hour, to approximately six loads per hour, which it is claimed will not significantly increase traffic flow.
However, mitigation measures are proposed regarding parking and queueing outside the facility, including signs, line markings, suitable bollards and site management.
An Environmental Impact Statement was included in the application, and Inland Fisheries Ireland stated it has no objection, subject to conditions.
Conditions are that no discharges of environmental significance shall be made from the development to surface waters or to groundwater, and advance notice is to be given of any construction works in or adjacent to the tributary of the Triogue River, including the installation of the integrated constructed wetland.
The EPA is also satisfied with the new plans for the facility.