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Family ‘let down’ by State agencies as fuel firm drives on

MEMBERS of a Crusheen family who have suffered “unexplained medical issues” have been let down by Clare County Council and other agencies, a North Clare civil engineer has claimed. Michael Duffy has made a Section Five referral to Clare County Council, which in turn referred it to An Bord Pleanála concerning Burrenside Oil on behalf of Maire O’Grady, Ballygassane, Crusheen. First established in October 2001, Burrenside Oil has been servicing domestic oil customers, the agricultural sector and the commercial industry in Clare and surrounding areas with its “low cost, efficient and friendly service ever since”. The company website also states it supplies fuel to more than 10,000 homes, delivering to all of Clare, Galway and Limerick. Their services include supply of home heating oil, agricultural fuels, commercial fuels, lubricants and oil tanks. Mr Duffy has alleged that Padraig and Maire O’Grady have been short changed by Clare County Council, the EPA and the HSE after they raised serious environmental concerns. …

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Irish Water accused of causing health hazard in west Clare

Irish Water has been accused of causing a “public health hazard” by allowing a wastewater treatment plant to pollute a stream in West Clare that is potentially contaminating bathing waters for local swimmers. This assertion comes after an EPA report found breaches for ammonia at the Miltown Wastewater Treatment Plant were 171 times the permitted emission levels following an inspection carried out on June 10, 2021. It has also emerged that that the EPA raised concern about the absence of a proper roadway into this plant in August 2018 to facilitate desludging, which still hasn’t been properly addressed by Irish Water. North Clare civil engineer Mick Duffy has expressed major concern about the contents of an EPA report, which stated a visual inspection of the Legard Stream at its discharge points indicated widespread sewage fungus following discharges from the Miltown waste water treatment plant. Irish Water was requested to examine the pathway of this stream to the sea to identify …

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Liscannor sewage plan ‘a waste of resources’

Engineer says that a centralised plant for problem areas would be more efficient THE development of single waste water treatment systems for four North Clare locations is a “waste of resources”, according to a local civil engineer. Irish Water has confirmed works to end the long-running practice of discharging raw sewage into Liscannor Bay are due to get underway in the coming months following the appointment of a contractor to construct a new wastewater treatment plant. However, Mick Duffy believes the development of a central treatment plant to deal with waste water issues in Kilfenora, Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor would be far more cost efficient for the taxpayer. “Kilfenora, Ennistymon, Lahinch and Liscannor all have issues with under capacity or dysfunctional wastewater systems,” Mr Duffy told The Champion. “It seems to me a pity and a waste of resources that these are treated individually instead of in combination with one appropriate plant treating all. “Nobody has costed such a solution …

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