Dawn Meats have issued a statement to Meath Live in relation to their planning application for a 7.2 km pipeline to discharge waste from their Beauparc plant into the Boyne.


As anger against the plan mounts among local residents, anglers association, gun clubs, and even kayaking crews, the company told us, ‘Dawn Meats is committed to environmental sustainability across its entire business and the proposed development at Dawn Slane, put forward for approval to Meath Co. Co. is consistent with environmental best practise.

The multi-million investment in waste water treatment at the Dawn Meats site will have a positive impact on the wider Painestown area through the removal of tanker traffic from local roads and third-party studies have risk assessed no negative impact on the river Boyne or surrounding habitats.

This planning application relates to amendments to the approved effluent plant design, an extension to the approved wastewater treatment facility at Dawn Meats (Slane), and the construction of a rising main pipeline route to the River Boyne alone. This is a multi-million euro investment in a state of the art water treatment plant which will produce compliant water. The site is licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who engage with the site on an ongoing basis.

The flow rate from the treatment facility has been based upon the assimilative capacity of the River Boyne, the current water quality of the river and comments made by Meath County Council. The assessment concluded that the River Boyne would have sufficient assimilative capacity to accommodate the delivered water from the Dawn Meats (Slane) facility.

The investment required for the proposed development demonstrates Dawn Meats’ commitment to the Painestown area. The proposed development would have a positive impact upon the local economy by providing employment during the construction phase and by contributing through direct spending of goods and services in the area.

A Natura Impact Statement was prepared as part of the application process. Due to recommended control measures and standard practice during the construction and operational phases, it is considered that there would be no significant risks to the conservation objectives of the habitats and species for which the River Boyne SAC and SPA have been designated. In line with best practise risk assessment protocols, no significant risk of negative impact, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects, to the integrity of the Natura 2000 network have been identified’.