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Ireland: concerns raised over silt dumping in Donegal Bay

Environmental Issues // January 12, 2017

The Irish Farmer Association (IFA) has expressed "major concerns" over the Irish government’s proposal to dump almost 100,000 tonnes of fine peaty silt in Donegal bay.

They fear that this will pose a serious threat the health of millions of fish and shellfish farmed along the Donegal and Sligo coastline. The dumping could damage up to €50 million worth of stock and threaten over 150 jobs.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine plan to apply to the EPA for a licence to dump the dredge material from the extension of the facilities in Killybegs into the bay.

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 ensure no toxic material is carried out into the bay and that all dumping occurs exactly where it can do no harm.”

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