Consultation is an important element of the EIA process and in order to ensure the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is as comprehensive as possible, Irish Water has also published an EIS Scoping Report alongside the Final Options Appraisal Report.
The EIS Scoping Report sets out the process of determining what should be covered, and to what extent, in the environmental information to be included in the EIS. It also considers the nature and likely scale of the potential environmental impacts that may arise from the Preferred Scheme. The Objectives of the EIS Scoping Report are as follows:
- Provide a description of the proposed project;
- Identify likely significant impacts which may arise during the construction and operation of the proposed development;
- Outline proposed assessment methodologies for completing the EIS;
- Outline the likely contents of the EIS; and
- Form a basis of common reference for consultation about the scope and methodology for the EIS.
The EIS Scoping process ensures that potential environmental impacts are identified at the initial stages of the design process while ensuring environmental protection is a key consideration in the development of the project design. Scoping is an ongoing process which does not end following the completion of this consultation period but continues throughout the EIA process.
The topics below are covered in the EIS Scoping Report and Irish Water are seeking feedback on the specific elements in the report to further inform the full Environmental Impact Statement.
- Noise and Vibration
- The Landscape
- Cultural Heritage
- Land and Soil
- Traffic and Transport
- Population and Human Health
- Material Assets