WSP will undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) which will evaluate environmental impacts likely to arise from the scheme (both positive and negative) and the appropriate prevention and alleviation measures to be considered.
Consultation is an important element of the EIA process and an Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Report was published and consulted on in November 2016, seeking feedback from stakeholders and the public regarding the potential environmental impact of the project and the proposed scope of work and methodologies to be applied in the development of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) for the project. The Scoping Report also identified that the AA process would be undertaken concurrently with EIA but both processes would be clearly distinguished.
The ongoing environmental surveys and the input from the public and stakeholders will feed into the EIAR and NIS, which are currently being prepared. The EIAR will detail the results of the ongoing environmental investigations and consultations and will demonstrate how it has influenced the development of the Parteen Basin Scheme. It will also evaluate any potential impacts and identify appropriate prevention/alleviation measures. The NIS will follow a set of procedures to consider the Parteen Basin Scheme in relation to European sites which include Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas.
In short, the EIAR will present a description of the existing environment, assessment of the potential effects of the scheme, set out measures to avoid or reduce any adverse effects and identify any residual impacts. The impacts will be assessed and presented in line with the following environmental topics:
- Population and Human Health
- Land and Soils
- Air Quality
- Noise and Vibration
- Landscape and Visual
- Cultural Heritage
- Material Assets
- Traffic and Transport
The EIAR and NIS will accompany Irish Water’s planning application to An Bord Pleanála which will be submitted in 2019. At that point, An Bord Pleanála will undertake all necessary statutory consultations.