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Environmental Impact Assessment

RPS has unrivalled experience in environmental impact assessments (EIA), having worked on major projects throughout Ireland and the UK. Amongst our staff we have some of the most able and experienced environmental consultants practising in Ireland and we are one of the few organisations that can provide all of the technical experts required for the EIA process.

Our expertise in EIA enables us to efficiently project manage the assessment process, including initial screening, scoping, alternatives evaluation, environmental impact assessment report (EIAR) preparation and presentation at public oral hearings. Our approach to EIA has been shaped by many years of preparing technically and legally robust environmental statements; always adopting best practice techniques and prepared to the highest standard, minimising the risk of challenge or delay.

Our portfolio includes major infrastructure projects across the transport, energy, waste, water, industrial, commercial, residential and tourism sectors.

We have particular experience in assisting clients with site selection and EIA for strategic infrastructure projects.

Case Studies

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

RPS was responsible for the project environmental impact statement (EIS) which supported each of the statutory applications made in respect of the Onshore Pipeline.

Our brief included:

Coordination and supervision of environmental surveys and site investigations (onshore and marine)

Management of various environmental specialists

Compilation of a comprehensive EIS for the onshore pipeline in 2008, 2009 and a revised EIS in 2010

Providing Expert Witness statements and support during An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearings in 2009 and 2010 (consideration of alternatives, route development, construction, disposal options for tunnel arisings), community and planning issues, traffic, air quality, noise and vibration, landscape and visual, material assets, soils / geology / geotechnical.

Sruwaddacon Bay is highly scenic and its environs are located within environmentally designated sites (cSAC, pSPA, NHA and Ramsar). RPS managed to complete a comprehensive EIS in a most sensitive eco-system for this major infrastructure development within a very tight timeframe.

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

EIA for M3 Motorway Scheme

RPS was commissioned to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and produce an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed M3 Clonee to North of Kells Motorway Scheme close to the Hill of Tara (60km of 4-lane motorway).

The M3 Clonee – North of Kells PPP scheme is approximately 70km of motorway, dual carriageway and single carriageway road commencing at the end of the existing Clonee Bypass and tying into the N3 north of Kells, providing bypasses for Dunshaughlin, Navan and Kells and includes over 40 bridges. RPS was responsible for delivery of the EIS for section 1 (Clonee to Dunshaughlin) and section 2 (Navan Bypass).

RPS also provided full consultancy services to the National Roads Authority (now Transport Infrastructure Ireland) and Meath County Council from feasibility, constraints, route selection, EIA and construction monitoring.

Haulbowline Island – East Tip Remediation

 

 

Haulbowline Island was the location of Ireland’s only steelworks which operated between 1939 and 2001. From the early 1960s, waste from the steel production process was deposited on an area of reclaimed foreshore, which became known as the ‘East Tip’.

The East Tip predominantly comprises stockpiles of waste slag and mill scale throughout the 9 hectare site. The overall Haubowline Island Remediation Project represents a multimillion Euro investment by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through their agent Cork County Council.

RPS provided environmental and engineering consultancy services for the preparation of an outline remediation design, environmental impact statement, waste licence application and planning application for the East Tip. A planning application for the remediation of the East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity was approved by An Bord Pleanála in May 2014 and a waste licence was subsequently granted by the EPA in July 2014. RPS is also providing design, procurement and contract management services to facilitate the delivery of the remediation solution.

The ultimate landscape masterplan which is currently being delivered will comprise a public parkland amenity with picturesque views of Cork Harbour.