Plans to re-open a power station in Co Longford have been hit by further delays after an objection was lodged over a new EPA licence determination.

Lough Ree Power plant in Lanesborough has been closed for two months in a row over water temperatures being discharged from the plant.

The ESB had hoped a new EPA licence application would solve the issue, but An Taisce said today it will be objecting to this proposed licence determination.

The existing permission for peat burning at Lough Ree Power plant expires in December of 2020.

An Taisce said the EPA determination, issued last Thursday, does not address the lack of Environmental Impact Assessment for the continuing extraction of peat and a July 2019 High Court judgment on the January 2019 Regulations for peat extraction.

Ian Lumley from An Taisce said there are serious issues also raised by the warm water discharge from the plant, particularly at a period when river flow levels are low, as occurred with drought last summer.

This objection will mean ESB's plans to re-open the plant in 30 days cannot go ahead, leaving the fate of more than 100 Bord na Móna and ESB workers in limbo.