An deadlock between the ESB and the Environmental Protection Company that has led to the suspension of operations at a energy plant in Longford could guide to industrial motion by Bord na Móna workers, unions are warning.
It has been confirmed that the indefinite closure of the peat-fired Lough Ree Electrical power station at Lanesborough has had a “direct and adverse impact” for Bord na Móna functions and could guide to industrial action among workers at its plant in nearby Mountdillon.
Bord na Móna reported the suspension of operations at Lough Ree indicates it has no necessity to source any peat to the plant – this means it “has no option but to just take the determination to stop all functions at Mountdillon operates and place all impacted personnel on protecting detect productive immediately”.
“Approximately seventy long term personnel will be place on short-term unpaid lay-off from Thursday, July 18, 2019, and this will carry on till LRP returns to normal operations. Seventy eight seasonal staff will also be placed on lay-off right away,” Bord na Móna said.
The Bord na Móna Group of Unions will today convene a whole meeting of its reps to discuss the improvement with administration.
BNM group of unions secretary, Willie Noone, reported they are “shocked” that the semi-point out business has knowledgeable staff members that they are to be laid off indefinitely with a week’s recognize: “The unions have a collective agreement that is only 5 weeks previous, which obviously states that an engagement have to acquire area with reps prior to any career losses taking place.”
“This information will send out shockwaves throughout Bord na Móna and industrial action might be the only avenue open to union associates in purchase to protect our members’ circumstances of employment as the business is not adhering to collective agreements,” Mr Noone warned.
The problem at the centre of Lough Ree plant closure focuses on the discharge of cooling h2o into the river Shannon. ESB is demanded below its license to return cooling drinking water from the Lough Ree Ability plant again into the River Shannon in these a fashion so as not to raise the downstream river temperature by more than 1.5 levels Celsius earlier mentioned the upstream ingestion temperature.
The ESB said a new condition imposed by the EPA “some a long time soon after the station was commissioned” needed this ailment to be used about a more compact cross-segment of the river.
“While the station generally complies with this obligation, there are particular instances of the 12 months in which reduced circulation in the river can give rise to temporary excursions higher than this restrict,” the ESB reported in a statement.
“ESB commissioned a research to determine a array of engineering choices to satisfy this condition at all instances and none of these possibilities ended up considered possible. An application to amend the emission license was submitted to EPA, trying to get to allow a greater plume size exactly where scientific evidence is provided to confirm that there is no detrimental influence on the environment,” the ESB explained.
The EPA confirmed it has brought a prosecution ahead of the courts in relation to the temperature issue and alleged breaches of the licence ailment: “For that rationale we can not remark even more on the issue at existing.”