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EPA accused of ‘neglect of duty’ over River Deel sewage

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Advertisement Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Facebook WhatsApp Cllr Kevin Sheahan at the River Deel.Cllr Kevin Sheahan at the River Deel.FORMER Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan has accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of “neglect of duty” over raw sewage being pumped directly into the River Deel in Askeaton.The Fianna Fail politician has called on the EPA to address local councillors and explain why this situation has been allowed continue and put people’s health at risk.He describes the sewerage treatment facilities locally as “archaic” and maintains that an overflow pipe in the town, opposite the ruins of the Hellfire Club, allows storm water and sewage flow directly into the River Deel.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There should be two pipes, one for overflow of storm water during heavy rainfall, which we get a lot of in this country, and the other for excess product, but they both go through the same pipe down the town into the river.“I don’t believe Irish Water are aware of this. If they are and choose to ignore it, it is a criminal act,” he said.Cllr Sheahan also claims that a second pipe buried underground at the Askeaton Sewerage Treatment Plant also sees sewage go directly and untreated into the river.He now wants Irish Water engineers to come visit Askeaton and see the extent of the problem. According to the former Mayor, raw sewage can be seen floating on the River Deel, a river used for boating and fishing, on a daily basis.“How can the EPA allow the River Deel be used as a conduit for raw sewage into the River Shannon? They are guilty of negligence. Why can’t the politicians in Dublin pursue the relevant authorities and demand a reply from the EPA?” he asked.“I will go to any length to protect the people of Askeaton. This is not a threat. It’s a promise. If I can’t get the council to do something, then I’ll do it myself. We need the truth and a solemn commitment when this issue will be addressed.”A statement from the EPA said that following concerns raised in relation to the operation of the Askeaton wastewater treatment plant, they requested Irish Water to investigate the operation of the plant and report back to them.“Irish Water has advised that there is an Imhoff tank providing primary treatment at the Askeaton plant and there is no discharge of raw untreated sewage. The tanks are desludged approximately every six weeks as part of an ongoing maintenance programme.The EPA is not aware of an overflow pipe discharging raw sewage into the river. The EPA will inspect the wastewater treatment in Askeaton in the immediate future to investigate the complaint. The concerns raised by Cllr Kevin Sheahan in relation to an overflow pipe discharging raw sewage will be forwarded to Irish Water for their investigation,” the statement concluded.by Alan [email protected] Previous articleRugby – Well deserved break for domestic rugbyNext articleMinister mistakes media coverage for progress Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emailcenter_img Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Twitter TAGSAskeatonCllr Kevin SheahanEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Fianna FáilIrish WaterlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilRiver Deel Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks NewsLocal NewsEPA accused of ‘neglect of duty’ over River Deel sewageBy Alan Jacques – November 19, 2016 1007 Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Linkedin Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time last_img read more

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NYS begins cashless tolling system on thruway

first_imgOfficials say the implementation of the system is more than a month ahead of schedule. Cash will no longer be accepted as a form of payment at all toll booths, and printed toll tickets will no longer be handed out. The cashless system will go live during the overnight hours of Friday into Saturday morning and will cover all 58 tolling locations simultaneously across 450 miles of road. The Thruway Authority has also paid tribute to NY toll collection workers by launching a webpage dedicated to this history of toll collection. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Thruway will begin using a cashless tolling system beginning Friday. To support the switch, New York EZ pass has released an app called Tolls NY. The app was created to help drivers manage their EZ pass accounts and to find and pay tolls. Governor Cuomo said, “The completion of this exciting new project will help Thruway travelers save time, as well as reduce traffic, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality all along the system”. Getting this cashless tolling system done and getting it done early shows that -even in these trying times – New York will never stop innovating and never stop  building for its future” The decision to make this transition was made to increase efficiency and limit contact between drivers and toll workers. Officials say now, the state will begin phase two of the process, which includes the removal of existing toll plazas. last_img read more

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Hamilton Green Cup KO football tournament:

first_imgTWO exciting matches scheduled for tonight at the MSC ground THE Hamilton Green Cup Knock-Out football tournament will continue this evening at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground with a double-header beginning at 19:00hrs.The tournament will involve two of the mining community’s top teams coming up against a team from neighbouring Kuru Kururu and another from Plaisance, a member of the East Demerara Football Association.The feature game which is scheduled for a 21:00hrs start will see home side Milerock square off against Plaisance, while in the opening fixture; Winners Connection of Linden take on Kuru Kururu of the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.For the opening game, the hosts (Winners Connection) will be hoping to take advantage of their home turf and will be relying heavily on their star strikers, Marley Davidson and Rawle Gittens, with over-lapping midfielder Keon Sears lending support.The defence will be marshalled by Derrol Dainty and Alan Garnett while Shakell Frank will be on duty between the uprights.For Kuru Kururu, goalkeeper Joshua George will be the last line of defence and is expected to get support from defenders Joseph Walker and Catio Sttholpe.Over-lapping midfielders Kester Alleyne and Kester Fraser will lend support to Cordel Johnson and Michael Charles who will both be on the strike line.For the feature game between Milerock and Plaisance, Milerock will be hoping that strikers Juel McKinnon and Kevin Beaton come good and they are expected to get valuable support from midfielders Denzil Fordyce, Nellon Walcott and Lawrenso Copeland.The defence will be marshalled by Colrick Beckles and Oswald Benjamin with Jonathan Copeland doing duties between the uprights.The opposition’s (Plaisance) attack will be spearheaded by Vincent Thomas with support from midfielders Keon Kyte, Oneal Clarke and Akeem Thomas.Manning the defence will be Travis Simon and Javid Mohamed.The tournament will continue on Friday, September 15, with another double-header at the same venue when Silver Shattas tacklie Riddim Squad in the opening game from 19:00hrs and Eagles United challenge Soesdyke from 21:00hrs.last_img read more

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Roski selects Muhl as new dean

first_imgThe Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts announced Wednesday that Professor Erica Muhl will serve as the new dean of the school. Muhl will begin work as dean immediately.Muhl has served as the interim dean of the school since September 2012, yet has been working as an advisor for the school since January 2012.Muhl has worked to structurally change the curriculum and programs of the school, according to a press release. For example, Muhl has introduced several new international partnerships for educational exchanges. In addition, she has stressed outreach between the school and alumni constituencies for fundraising activities.Before serving as interim director, Muhl was a professor composition and associate dean for faculty affairs at the Thornton School of Music. In addition, she chairs the University Committee on Academic review. Muhl also holds a doctorate in musical arts from USC.Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett said that Muhl’s timely appointment will benefit the school and its progress.“The appointment of Dr. Muhl comes at an auspicious time for the Roski School,” Garrett said in a statement. “Situated in one of the cultural capitals of the Pacific Rim and nurtured by the university’s vibrant and growing artistic and scholarly community, the school is poised to ascend to the highest levels of creative work and recognition under the leadership of Dr. Muhl.”In 2012, Roski rose in ranking as a fine arts school in the U.S. News & World Report from No. 37 to No. 36.Muhl’s work also expands outside of the university. She served as the assistant conductor for the Los Angeles Opera Theater, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Wagner Festival’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Furthermore she has received several grants and awards from organizations such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Arts.Garrett’s said Muhl’s diverse background in the arts will enhance the program for students and faculty alike.“In addition to a successful career as a performing and creative artist, she also brings to the position extensive experience across the arts and humanities in the areas of tenure, faculty development and mentoring, transformative faculty hires, strategic vision and academic excellence,” Garrett said in a statement.last_img read more

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