EIAR - Waste Metal Transfer Facility including WEEE, Rathcoole, Dublin

Environmental Impact Assessment Report

JBA Dublin office has recently completed an EIAR for a Waste Metal Transfer Facility including Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) for a Dublin based client.  Bernadette O’Connell and her team of ecologists, environmentalists, landscape architects and flood engineers were able to offer the client the following studies and services:

  • EIAR Scoping, 
  • EIAR (including a public consultation event), 
  • FRA, 
  • AA Screening (and badger survey), 
  • CEMP and 
  • Landscape Design. 

The key issues of the project were the potential impact on residential amenity of the Transfer Facility due to the visibility of tall outdoor metal storage areas and the noise of vehicle movements plus the presence of bats and badgers in the surrounding hedgerow. 

Working with the client’s engineers at the early stage of the design process JBA environmental team identified features which would mitigate visual, ecological and noise impacts. 

The design incorporated a 3m high earth perimeter embankment which was carefully positioned to preserve existing hedgerow. The embankment acted as a noise and visual screen for the outdoor activities within the Transfer Facility and restrictions were agreed with the operator to limit working before 7am to minimise noise intrusion upon the residential setting.   

The EIAR was internally reviewed to ensure the work met the required standards for JBA’s EIA Quality Mark and that the suite of documents complied with the EIA Directive. The project was submitted for planning in February 2019.