Our Ref: PL 03.123045
Your Ref:Shannon Explosives

Bob Moorhard
Shannon Explosives Ltd.
Mount Kenneth House,
Third Floor,
Henry Street,

23rd November 2001

Appeal Re: Construct facilities and infrastructure for the importation, manufacturing, storage, distribution, exportation of explosives materials. Cahercon, Kildysart, Co. Clare.

Dear Sir,

I have been asked by An Bord Pleanála to refer to the above-mentioned appeal.

The Board has examined the appeal and has concluded that the Environmental Impact Statement submitted does not comply with the requirements as set out in article 25 of the European Communities Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1994 to 1999 (information to be contained in an environmental impact assessment) or the criteria specified for the purposes of articles 27.

In accordance with section 10 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1992 you are required to submit, within 2 months beginning on the date of this notice, the following document:

A revised Environmental Impact Statement (8 copies) which shall comply with articles 25 and 27 of the European Communities (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1994- 1999 (copy enclosed).

The main areas to be addressed in the revised EIS to include:

Part 1

A detailed description of the proposed development which shall include all aspects of the development. Outline in detail the alternative sites examined and justification for choosing the proposed site.

The proposed development comes under the remit of the Seveso II Directive and sufficient information should be submitted under this heading to determine whether the proposed development falls within Seveso II Tier l or Tier 2 Regulations. This is an essential requirement to allow assessment ora proposed development on the receiving environment.

Part 2

A detailed description of the existing environment, all aspects of that environment should be accurately and fully described. It is not sufficient to list or refer to appendices. A summary of surveys carried out by various specialists is not sufficient in this regard. It should include a detailed description of all aspects of the receiving environment, including all landuses in the vicinity, the River Shannon, the adjacent pier including a full description of any public rights of way across that pier, a description of air, climate and material assets within the existing environment. Reference should be included in this section to any environmental designations in the vicinity. The inter-relationship between any of the above factors should also be dealt with in this section.

Part 3

A detailed examination of the impacts of the proposed development on the existing environment. Impact should address direct, indirect, secondary, cumulative, short, medium and long-term, permanent, temporary, positive and negative effects and impact interactions. Impacts of the development on each particular topic as set out in the regulations should be addressed.

Impact of the development on the receiving environment including all existing landuses within the outside safety zone and in the general area should be included. The impacts to address amongst other issues the impact on residential development, farming activities, recreational activities, leisure boating/berthing, commercial boating/mooring, parking areas, loading, unloading and commercial shipping operations.

A visual impact assessment of the proposed development when viewed from the River Shannon and adjoining road network which is designated in the 1999 County Development Plan as being visually vulnerable.

Impact of security lighting on the visual amenity of the area and assessment of such impact on environmental designations in the area.

A detailed noise analysis to be submitted and assessment of any impacts on the receiving environment.

Impact assessment of all aspects of transportation routes proposed (roads and navigable waters) for inward and outward movement of materials. Include an assessment of the conditions of these facilities and a description of all upgrading necessary to facilitate the development.

An assessment of the inter-relationship between any of the factors outlined above should also be included under each heading.

Part 4

A detailed assessment of the measures proposed to mitigate adverse impact on the specific environmental issues raised in Part 3. They should include the full range of mitigation measures to ameliorate the significant impacts of the proposed development.

Note: It is not sufficient to refer to appendices and technical supporting material.

An assessment of the inter-relationship between the factors outlined should also be included under each of the headings.

Non-Technical Summary

Submit a non-technical summary laid out in a condensed format to the main EIS, i.e. describing the project, existing environment, impacts and mitigation measures. The non-technical summary should not omit or understate any impacts and all significant impacts should be included.

Technical Supporting Material - referred to in the EIS does not form part of the EIS documents received by the Board. Submit Appendix 4.2 - Technical Supporting Material (Appendix 1).

In addition to the above, the following additional information is required:

Trade Effluent

1. How is process equipment to be cleaned, e.g. for maintenance, inspection, validation, etc? Is water used, or solvents, or what? How will any liquids be disposed on

2. Will there be a truck washing facility on the site? If so, how will the run-off be disposed of?

3. Will there be a water fire suppression system? If so state capacity of water storage tank (if any) and capacity of each fire water pump (if any).

4. If no fire water pump or fire water storage tank is to be provided, state design firewater application rate and assumed maximum area of protection.

5. State whether any firewater retention facility will be provided.

6. Will there be any laboratories? If so, what quantity of effluent will arise from sinks, fume cupboards, etc?

7. Will any water treatment be carried out on site, either (a) deionisation/softening or (b) boiler feedwater treatment? If so provide details.

Air Emissions

8. What is source of energy for steam raising - hydrocarbon fuel or electricity?

9. If source of energy for steam raising is hydrocarbon fuel state proposed fuel and maximum rate of generation of steam (kg/hr).

10. Provide details of specific or local extract to be provided for mixing equipment -design extract rate (cubic meters per hour), location and elevation above ground of discharge point.

11. Provide details of any general building extract (fans, etc) and fume cupboards in laboratories, etc.

12. Provide details of storage tanks for hydrocarbon fuels for fuel to be used in manufacture of ANFO - no. of tanks, capacity of each tank, tanks vents, etc.

13. Clarify whether gas oil/diesel oil (35 sec oil) or a heavier oil will be used in manufacture of ANFO


14. State how off-grade or returned product is to be disposed of or re-worked.

15. If off-grade or returned product is to be disposed of, provide details of location and method of disposal.


16. State projected quantity of water that will be used per day, per week, per year.

17. Will water be supplied from a well on the site, or from local authority mains.

Public Safety

18. Are the magazines/stores blast-resistant or blast-relieving?

19. If magazines/stores are blast relieving, in what direction is blast relieved: horizontally or vertically, and if horizontally in which direction (compass bearing)?

20. If magazines/stores are blast-resistant, what is design pressure?

21. What is total explosive power in terms of equivalent tonnes of TNT of materials stored in each magazine/store building?

22. Has any Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) been carried out on the proposed development?

23. If a QRA has been carried out, provide table showing individual risk (of fatality) (risk of fatality per year) versus distance from centre of site.

24. State quantities of ANFO and emulsion explosives that will be stored on site.

25. Provide Safety Data Sheets as required by the European Communities (Classification, Packaging, Labelling and Notification of Dangerous Substances) Regulations, 2000 (SI No 393 of 2000) for all materials to be brought on to the site, stored on the site and/or despatched from the site.

26. State whether the facility will be continuously manned and whether communication of any incident to the emergency services will be manual or automatic.





The Environmental Impact Statement should be prepared in compliance with the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 1999 and the European Communities (Environment Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations, 1999. The Provisions of these regulations, including Part II of the latter relating to scoping, will apply.

If the Environmental Impact Statement is not received before the end of the specified period, the Board will dismiss or otherwise determine the appeal without further notice to you in accordance with section 11 of the 1992 Act. Your submission in response to this notice should be received by the Board not later than 5.30 p.m. on 12nd January 2002.

Please quote the above appeal reference number in any further correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

John Duffy,
Executive Officer.

NA82 Registered Post


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