Coillte Sawmills was in operation between 1970 and 2011. The sawmill operation required the intake of raw wood, the cutting and sawing of wood into uniform sizes, the drying of some wood by kiln, the treatment of some wood with wood preservatives, and the final finishing of some wood with paints.
The treatment of timber on site was classed as an activity under Class 8.3 of the First Schedule of the EPA IPPC licence. Treatment was carried out within a dedicated Protim Prevac Plant.
Contamination of the shallow perched soil around the Protim Treatment Plant occurred and was subsequently remediated in 2011 supervised by IE Consulting. Shallow fill and overburden soil contamination occurred following a fuel leak at the fuel tank and kiln area. The shallow contamination was remediated in 2015 supervised by IE Consulting.
It was considered that the condition of the relevant installation is not causing or likely to cause environmental pollution and the site of the activity is in a satisfactory state”. No further intervention is deemed necessary for the site. It is recommended that the EPA IPPC licence is formally surrendered in the usual way.
Work on the site comprised the management, supervision, and excavation of waste materials and contaminated soils, the segregation of waste materials and the appropriate disposal of these materials in accordance with Irish and European Waste Management Legislation. The work required development of databases of water and soil quality data, preparation of compliance investigation and site investigation reports using EPA templates, compiling data for annual AER returns, and provision of remediation validation reports. The work has comprised extensive liaison with EPA staff, together with dissemination of findings and remediation strategies to the Client.
Confirmation of the EPA licence surrender was received on 17 July 2018.