Whelan criticises standards of water treatment plants
In a statement, Peter Whelan, the Aontú representative for the Laytown-Bettystown electoral area in east Meath said:
I was very much involved in a campaign in county Meath in the past year - The Save the Boyne campaign made over 400 submissions regarding the pumping of so-called treated effluent into the protected River Boyne.
At the time we, along with scientific evidence pointed, out the concerns of dilution not occurring due to low levels of water during dry spells. The industrial plant in question was given permission to pump approximately 400,000 litres daily into the protected River Boyne. In a recent report pointing out that Kildare County Council and Uisce Éireann were guilty of higher levels of chemicals than allowed being discharged into the River Liffey during 2023 from the bsllymore eustace treatment plant.
Whelan goes on to say :
If our government run water treatment plants cannot adhere to the standards set out by the European Union , then I would question the fact of them policing and granting permissions given to discharge treated sewage into our waterways. Our campaign in Meath is still very much alive, and we are still awaiting a response from An Bord Pleanala.