6 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard
  • Solutions urgently being sought as EPA refuses future licences over ammonia emission concerns

Active steps are being taken at local authority and stakeholder level to identify a solution to a planning quandary which is stifling expansion of the important poultry production sector in certain areas of Co Monaghan. Monaghan Co Council is being prevented from granting planning permission for poultry units in some locations because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not grant the developments a licence because of concerns over ammonia emissions.

The EPA wrote to licence applicants and planning agents on June 18 telling them that they would not licence any new intensive agricultural developments within 10 kilometres of three Natura 2000 sites in counties Cavan and Monaghan. The affected Co Monaghan areas are Sliabh Beagh and the Kilrooskey lake cluster in the Clones area – the area around Lough Oughter in Co Cavan is also impacted. The area of Co Monaghan concerned is effectively the nerve centre of Irish poultry production with 70% of the country’s chickens grown there.

The EPA stance also relates to smaller units of less than 40,000 birds and means in effect that no new planning permissions for poultry or pig…

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