The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have voiced concerns over an application to dump up to 99,999 tonnes of wet material off Arklow over an eight year period.
Arklow Energy EPA application
Arklow Energy Ltd. have made an application to EPA regarding a sea permit that would facilitate safe access to the Arklow Bank Wind Park. They placed a public notice about the application in the Arklow People on the 8th of December.
The IWDG were made aware of dumping application when the Coastal Concern Alliance, a voluntary group who campaign for Ireland’s coastal areas, contacted them about the ad.
The IWDG have some major concerns over this application. They feel that the assessment of marine mammal community in the vicinity of the site is not adequate and that true impact this would have on cetaceans cannot therefore be properly assessed.
The group were however late for the deadline to submit their concerns to the EPA, and their assessment will not be considered.
While the EPA will not listen to their concerns the IWDG have published their submission on their site for all concerned parties.
You can read it in full here