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Plan to Dump Tunnelling Waste in Dublin Bay

4th January 2013
Plan to Dump Tunnelling Waste in Dublin Bay

#DublinBay - A report in this morning's Irish Times says many thousands of tonnes of tunnelling waste could be dumped in Dublin Bay, prompting environmental concerns.

According to the newspaper, Dublin City Council has published notice of a licence application to dump 824,000 tonnes of 'spoil' from the new Ringsend waste water treatment project at a site off Howth Head.

The council says that similar material has been deposited in the past near Burford Bank in centre of the bay, with no harm to the environment.

It also outlined in its licence application how it explored a number of possible alternatives - such as infill for engineering projects - which were eventually ruled out.

Meanwhile, independent councillor Mannix Flynn described the plan as "akin to landfill".

The Curragh Sub Aqua Club has also raised concerns about the potential impact on water visibility and marine wildlife.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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