The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) fulfils the requirements set out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the ‘Guidelines on the Information to be contained in Environmental Impact Statements’ (EPA, 2002) and Schedule 6 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001. The Report also references the ‘Guidelines for Planning Authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment’, published by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in March 2013. This EIS was displayed in accordance with the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995 as amended, in both Cork City Hall and Cork County Hall between 12th December and the 19th January.
The purpose of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is to document the environment in the vicinity of the proposed development site in an effort to quantify the possible impacts, if any on the environment. The assessment process served to highlight areas where mitigation measures may be necessary in order to protect the surrounding environment from any negative impacts of the proposed development. The objective is to facilitate the most efficient and positive design of the proposed scheme insofar as possible and that measures are in place to ensure that any adverse impacts are avoided, reduced or remedied as appropriate.
The environmental assessment process will be ongoing throughout the planning and design of the project. Information gathered or alternatives suggested arising from public information days, meetings with stakeholders and written representations are considered on the grounds of engineering feasibility, environmental viability, existing constraints and economics.
Environmental Impact Statement
The Environmental Impact Statement is available to download on this page. The EIS is presented in three volumes. Please click on the relevant image for each volume to download the full volume. The individual chapters and appendices are also available to download by clicking on the relevant link.
EIS Volume 1 Main Report
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Background
Chapter 3 Description of Proposed Development
Chapter 4 Human Beings
Chapter 5 Flora and Fauna
Chapter 6 Soils and Geology
Chapter 7 Water
Chapter 8 Air Quality & Climate - Noise & Vibration
EIS Volume 2 Appendices
Appendix 2G Scoping Document & Cover Letter
Appendix 3A Project Design Drawings
Appendix 5A Appropriate Assessment Screening
Appendix 5B Lower River Lee Floating River Vegetation Survey
Appendix 5C Invasive Plant Survey
Appendix 5D Bat Survey Report
Appendix 5E Lower Lee Electro-Fishing Survey and Licence Return Report
Appendix 5F Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus red) survey
Appendix 7A Lower River Lee & Biological Q-Sampling Report
Appendix 8A Noise Glossary
Appendix 8B Survey Details
Appendix 8C Profiles and Spectra
Appendix 10A Underwater Archaeological impact Assessment
Appendix 10B Photographs (Including Historical Images)
Appendix 10C Archaeological and NIAH Inventory Entries
Appendix 10D Cultural Heritage Maps