31st January 2013
Fingal County Council will commence a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the review of the Sludge Management Plan for the Fingal region in the coming months.
The current Sludge Management Plan (SMP) was completed in 2002 and made proposals for dealing with sludge arising in Fingal from a number of sources including Agriculture, Industry, Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment.
The 2002 SMP made recommendations for the treatment of sludge arising from the wastewater treatment plants which were existing or planned in Fingal at that time. The SMP needs to be reviewed in the current context including the proposal for a new Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of the Greater Dublin Drainage project.
The SEA will examine environmental considerations in the preparation and adoption of any changes to the 2002 Fingal SMP in terms of how sludge in Fingal will be dealt with. A Draft SMP and associated SEA Environmental Report will be made available for public consultation in the coming months during which time public open days will be held and feedback welcomed.
SEA is a process that ensures that significant environmental effects arising from policies, plans and programmes are identified, assessed and mitigated. It also ensures that opportunities for public involvement are provided. SEA is an important instrument that helps achieve sustainable development in public planning and policy making.
To read more about this please visit the Fingal County Council website