Green light given for commercial storage of explosives

KILKENNY County Council has given the go ahead to allow for the commercial storage and distribution of explosives at a facility at Galmoy Mines.

KILKENNY County Council has given the go ahead to allow for the commercial storage and distribution of explosives at a facility at Galmoy Mines.

Permission was granted for the change of use of this authorised explosive magazine facility from private storage to commercial storage and distribution of explosives. The storage shed will be used to store a maximum of 40 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANSI) and 30 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate (AN). It is proposed that a Detonator Repack Shed be constructed outside the Detonator Magazine and that a primer repack shed be constructed outside the second primer magazine. Both sheds will be used for the repackaging of detonators and primers, respectively, from their delivered to site case quantities into the quantities required for onward shipment to customers.

The green light was also given for an extension to the facility. The extension involves the construction of a storage shed measuring about 456 square metres and two repack sheds of approximately 3.2 square metres each. The existing and proposed development is located in the townland of Castletown, Galmoy.

The existing development consists of a securely fenced explosive magazine complex owned by Galmoy Mine Limited. It was used for the private storage of explosives by the mine and comprises of five magazine bins/stores, an office building including toilet facilities and associated septic tank and percolation area and an access route onto the R435. The area of the facility including the access route is approxiamately 2.38 hectares.

Permission was also granted to retain the existing access route, security fence, office building, including toilet facilities and septic tank, percolation area as well as the existing terms.