Environmental Management in the Extractive Industry (Non-scheduled minerals)

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At present, there are over 500 operating quarries within Ireland, producing sand & gravel and crushed rock aggregates, and dimension stone for the construction industry. Local authorities are responsible for the planning and environmental regulation of quarry developments (extracting non-scheduled minerals) and ancillary facilities (including concrete and asphalt / macadam manufacturing facilities). Ireland is one of the few remaining countries in Western Europe that does not have a National Aggregates Policy. This is despite having a substantially higher aggregate
demand per head of population than any other EU state.
The main project objectives were (1) to provide an inventory of commercial pits and quarries in Ireland,(2) assess aggregate supply and demand in Ireland, (3) review environmental management and restoration with the sector, (4) review the current planning and environmental framework, (5) prepare environmental management guidelines for operators and regulators, (6) consider the future development of the sector in terms of planning and environmental contexts.

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Mr. Tim Paul
John Barnett & Associates Ltd

Mr. John Sheils
John Barnett & Associates Ltd

Mr. Gerry Stanley
The Geological Survey of Ireland

Mr. Frederic Brodkom
Centre Technologique International de la Terre et de la Pierre

Prof. Richard Moles
University of Limerick

Dr. Berndette O'Reagan
University of Limerick

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Att 1    2000-MS-11-M2-Final-Report.pdf   (6.57 Mb)
Att 2    2000-MS-11-M2-Environmental-Mgmt-Guide.pdf   (3.94 Mb)

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Author(s)Paul, T. Sheils, J. Stanley, G. Brodkom, F. Moles, R. O'Reagan, B.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationEnvironmental Management in the Extractive Industry (Non-scheduled minerals)
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=3343dcfe-f59b-102a-8156-dd252135a7a5
Unique Identifier3343dcfe-f59b-102a-8156-dd252135a7a5
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-21

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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=50
Resource KeywordsMinerals, pits, quarries, construction aggregates, environmental management, planning, guidelines
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2000-MS-11-M2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThis resource is fully publicly available. Any use of the final report should properly cite the authors of the report (available below).
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Wednesday 10th January 2001 (10-01-2001)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 10th January 2001 (10-01-2001)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 20th December 2006 (20-12-2006)
Published on SAFERThursday 6th December 2007 (06-12-2007)
Date of Last EditWednesday 23rd April 2008 at 00:00:00 (23-04-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 19th May 2008 at 10:05:10 (19-05-2008)

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Environmental inspections of over 20 operating pits and quarries were carried out during 2001 and 2002 to assess environmental practice. These pits/quarries selected covered a broad distribution of size, type, and geographical location. All quarries were located in the Republic of Ireland.

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The EPA is not a regulator of the quarrying sector in Ireland. However, the EPA considered that it was appropriate in 2001 that a review of the environmental management practice (and related issues) within the sector be carried out.
Supplementary Information
The Stage 1 consultation process consisted of issuing a questionaire to 70 stakeholder organisations, requesting their views on environmental issues within the extractive
industry. Responses were returned by 35 organisations representing a 50% response rate. The responses received were reviewed and collated. Issue arising from the consultation were addressed in the preparation of the environmental management guidelines for the sector.

Environmental Management Guidelines in the Extractive Industry Sector - for Ecology, Surface Water, Groundwater, Air Quality, Noise and Vibration, Landscape Restoration and Afteruse, Waste Management, Archaeological Heritage,Transport and Traffic,Energy
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  http://www.ncdwc.ie (Opens in a new window)

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